I have had the pleasure to work with Megan DeFranza personally, and it was such a relief to hear a Christian person speak to me without my morals, my very being, being judged, or assumed to be an abomination. Megan is a bridge builder. She is helping the Christian community to learn about us, to not be afraid of us, and that it is ok to even love us. You can learn more here: Intersex And Faith.
Megan has clearly taken the time to learn about people who are intersex and has learned much from Leanne Simon, and intersex activist and writer. Megan has also taken the time to talk to Judi Herring, M.D. The creator of the TEDx: Gender Bound Messages from the World Between. Not to mention, obviously listening with care to many more of us, out here, who were born intersex. It was a pleasure to connect with Megan personally.
Megan is clearly a bridge builder between the Christian Community, in understanding those of us born Intersex, with intersex traits, or differences of sexual development. She has written this book: “Sex Difference in Christian Theology”, and is clearly making a difference, in teaching this world the truth around genital mutilation, and the horrors of what has happened to so many of us intersex people, and how religion is sadly a part of that. It is Megan’s hope that this world change to stop all the tragedies. Again, I personally thank her for her contribution in changing culture and making this a better world for intersex babies born to it. Here is her book:
Sex Difference in Christian Theology: Male, Female, and Intersex in the Image of God
Quote: “How different are men and women? When does it matter to us — or to God? Are male and female the only two options? In Sex Difference in Christian Theology Megan DeFranza explores such questions in light of the Bible, theology, and science.
Many Christians, entrenched in culture wars over sexual ethics, are either ignorant of the existence of intersex persons or avoid the inherent challenge they bring to the assumption that everybody is born after the pattern of either Adam or Eve. DeFranza argues, from a conservative theological standpoint, that all people are made in the image of God — male, female, and intersex — and that we must listen to and learn from the voices of the intersexed among us.”
Here is an article written by Benjamin L. Corey about Megan DeFranza: If God Only Made Male and Female, What about Interex?
Quote: “I think I’ve heard the phrase “in the beginning, God made them male and female” a hundred times in response to the sex/gender discussions of our time. The phrase works like a trump card to win a theological discussion on anything from LGBTQ issues to how Target should organize their toys. However, each time I hear someone say “God made male and female” as if that’s all he made, the question that comes to my mind each time is: “What about those whose bodies are intersex?””:
Update for 2017
My family and I are in Megan’s Documentary:
Stories of Intersex and Faith tells the extraordinary stories of five intersex people, allowing viewers to experience what it feels like to be invisible in our culture and subject to abuse and shame simply for being born different. These stories also illuminate unique perspectives about gender, faith, and life; perspectives which are particularly timely for a culture conflicted by questions about sex, gender and religious faith. You can learn more the project at http://www.storiesofintersexandfaith.com and can support the project through a tax-deductible donation.
We need your help to bring this documentary to film festivals and audiences near you! To Watch the Trailer: Stories of Intersex And Faith
June 17, 2017, My husband and I were honored to meet Megan DeFranza.
Update for 2018
I got to speak at the Florida Theater:
My TEDxJacksonville: “Born Intersex: We are Human!”
Update for 2019
I got to Travel to Boston with “Intersex and Faith” to talk on a Panel at Harvard Medical School | September 16, 2019
2 thoughts on “Christian Theologian Megan K. DeFranza, A True Ally and Bridge Builder”
The problem with a patriarchal mindset is the fact that they are taking the word ‘AND’ out of context using it to mean ‘OR.’
Likewise, it does not read “And Yahweh made them maleS and femaleS as in a noun, but ‘male-and-female’ as an adjective.
I do not know when the word ‘rib’ got shoehorned into the text, I personally believe that the proper word should be ‘chamber’ https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?strongs=H6763&t=KJV or more specifically womb [ thence ‘womb-man’ or ‘woman’ ]
Then Yahweh ‘closed up the opening thereof’ [in Adam].
Think about it.
Why would Yahweh make the WOMB-man out of a RIB and then call her WOMB-man?
Some people have been playing fast and loose with the bible long time ago to eradicate the point of Adam originally being a fully self contained integral being just like our creatrette.
A few more enlightened rabbis in recent years have been waking up to this fact, especially seeing as intersexed children are being born more and more frequently [OR at least they are more effectively and honestly being recorded and documented] in Israel and Israelitish nations such as America and the UK.