A professor who studies the origins of Christianity has highlighted the previously untold lives of and literature about transgender and gender non-conforming saints.
About Brian Kaufman
Brian William Kaufman completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Boston College, where he focused on the role of religion in international affairs and Catholic theological ethics. Prior to completing his Juris Doctor at Emory University School of Law, Brian studied and worked abroad in Paris, France, for four years.
Brian has also worked for a number of social justice organizations, including the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the American Constitution Society.
His studies and professional experiences have focused on the intersection among sexuality, gender, religion, and child welfare law and policy.
Currently, Brian is the Director of Studio Operations for Down Dog Yoga, a yoga community in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia area. He is a certified 200-hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher). Brian started teaching yoga in August 2020 for his studio, and he absolutely loves it!
Since August 2014, Brian has also served as the Residential Liturgical Coordinator and Senior Dorm Parent for Georgetown Preparatory School, an all-boys Jesuit high school located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
Entries by Brian Kaufman
A Catholic high school in France has apologized after it came under fire for the distribution of an anti-LGBTQ booklet to its students. The document, authored by a French Catholic priest, casts LGBTQ identity and relationships in a negative light.
Senior Catholic officials in the United Kingdom have applauded a ruling from the nation’s highest court that says certain transgender children lack the legal competency to consent to medical treatments administered by a gender identity clinic.
A transgender Catholic legislator in the Philippine has been using Pope Francis’s recent endorsement of same-gender civil unions to encourage LGBTQ equality in that country, including the legalization of civil unions.
Two Catholic theologians have asserted that Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-gender civil unions should be heeded by the U.S. Catholic bishops because their pastoral approach to the LGBTQ community compared to Pope Francis’ approach are worlds apart.
A Catholic university has supported the lesbian theology professor who was targeted by a local resident calling for the professor’s firing. The incident has led to a wider discussion about justice and inclusion in the institutional church.
Two committee chairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have stated their support for a federal anti-transgender bill that would cut off Title IX funding from schools which permit transgender women to compete athletically with cisgender women.
A Canadian legislative measure to ban conversion therapy nationwide has received sharp criticism from that country’s Catholic bishops.
A Catholic school district in Canada has sanctioned an official who expressed homophobic comments opposing LGBTQ-supportive policies for students. In a related story, a candidate for another district’s trustees has been criticized for his disparaging writings on LGBTQ identity and his endorsement of conversion therapy.
A lesbian Catholic church worker recently fired by a Spanish bishop because of her same-gender marriage has received tremendous support. The incident has become a catalyst for church reform through the circulation of an open letter that calls for a more inclusive religious community.
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