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Liberal Judaism to host landmark transgender project Twilight People

2nd December 2014

Liberal Judaism is proud to announce that the movement will host Twilight People: Stories of Gender and Faith Beyond the Binary – a new project supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Launched after a very successful Transgender Awareness Month, Twilight People is a landmark project that discovers and celebrates the hidden history of transgender and gender-variant people of faith in the UK past and present.

This collection will become the first source of faith and transgender history in Britain.

Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich said: “Liberal Judaism has always seen part of its mission to give voice to the unheard. Our hosting of the Twilight People project is yet a further example.”

Gender-nonconforming people have always existed in every culture and community, including religious communities, yet little is known about the people of faith who don't fit neatly into the binary categories of male and female.

Twilight People will explore the narratives around 'body and ritual', documenting the interconnection between faith and gender journeys.

The images and stories of more than 40 members of the various Abrahamic faith (and other) communities – Christian, Muslim and Jewish – will be documented by means of oral history, film and portrait photography.

The collated materials will be mapped, catalogued, deposited and shared with the wider audience via free and accessible channels including an archive collection, website, interactive digital hubs, touring exhibition, booklet, educational resource packs and other current learning tools.

A national symposium will be held in spring 2016 at the University of Warwick.

Other partners in the project include the Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement, London Metropolitan Archives, Gendered intelligence and Islington Museum.

Rev Sharon Ferguson said: “Twilight People is a new and innovative idea that responds directly to the needs put forward by  gender-variant people of faith. This project will impact on interfaith and cross-community dialogue, enhancing inter and intra-community cohesion and connections in wider British society.”

Jay Stewart of Gendered Intelligence added: “There is very little discussion around gender variance across the wider community. More so regarding the ways in which religion and faith play a part in gender variance, and where it is discussed it is often seen as quite negative and unproductive.

“Consequently this timely and much-needed project seeks to redress some of this in the hope that it may ignite new discussions and perspectives, tackle stereotypes and instead grapple with our identities in more complex and meaningful ways.”

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