Gender Identity and Expression with Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

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Summary: On this episode we work on expanding our understanding of gender by breaking free of the  gender binary. Gender is so embedded in our culture that we forget that it's a construct rather than a given. We're thrilled to have our friend Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza--a Latinx scholar, queer activist, and public theologian--join us for a conversation about gender, theology, and imagination. We start by defining some key terms: cisgender, transgender, and non-binary. We pulled them from the Trans Student Educational Resources--find these definitions and many others on their site, Follow Dr. Robyn on Twitter (@irboyn), Instagram (@irobyn), and on their website, What We're Reading and Listening To  Katey has been looking for books to share with her young daughter, and here are a few to check out. Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love. Explores tension of gender expression and family. Neither by Airlie Anderson.  Disrupts the binary.  Sparkle Boy by Lesléa Newman. Celebrates gender expression.  How to Be a Girl is a podcast that Ashley loves and has recommended in the past. The host is the mother of a trans daughter, and she shares about the journey that they embark on as her daughter learns to navigate the world as a trans girl.  Kindreds of the Moment  The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation's leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people. In addition to their public advocacy work, the Center has some helpful resources on understanding non-binary gender identity and how to support and respect folks who identify as non-binary: -You don’t have to understand what it means for someone to be non-binary to respect them. -Use the name a person asks you to use. -Try not to make any assumptions about people’s gender. -If you’re not sure what pronouns someone uses, ask. -Advocate for non-binary friendly policies. -Understand that, for many non-binary people, figuring out which bathroom to use can be challenging. -Talk to non-binary people to learn more about who they are. Visit them at Read the full show notes at