Twilight People: Stories of Faith & Gender Beyond the Binary
“Are religion and gender variance compatible? Can trans identities be affirmed and renewed through faith and spirituality – and vice versa? How can we collect, catalogue and research the subject of intersecting identities? In Twilight People two worlds meet in a powerful crescendo. In this final stage of the project, we will sum up the highlights of this landmark moment in LGBTQI history, and explore how documenting narratives of people with marginalised identities can present challenges as well as opportunities.”
Surat-Shaan Knan is an LGBTQI heritage manager, international campaigner and member of the Stonewall Trans Advisory Group. He works for the UK charity Liberal Judaism and is the founder of the landmark oral history projects Rainbow Jews and Twilight People: Stories of Gender and Faith Beyond the Binary.
Twilight People is a ground-breaking diversity project, supported by the Lottery Heritage Fund, and proudly hosted by Liberal Judaism. It utilises oral history, film and photography to explore the ‘hidden history’ of transgender and gender-variant people of faith, past and present. Twilight People documents the interconnection between faith and gender journeys beyond the binary categories of male and female. The project focuses on the Abrahamic religions and also takes into account other faith movements including Sufi and Paganism. It is the first source of faith and transgender history in Britain and will be deposited at the LMA.
Surat-Shaan will be speaking on day 2 of the conference