An interesting article in Thursday’s New York Times about the new generation of gender activists, who define themselves beyond the older LGBT categories and name themselves as queer or gender-nonconforming, etc. Since I am interested in gender theory, I am familiar with this trend, and in fact have growing numbers of students who thus define themselves. What seems to me less clear is where the conversation takes place about liturgical ramifications. Certainly what seemed like a step forward 30 years ago — e.g., to name sisters with the brothers — is very unhelpful for gender-nonconforming folks. And that is only the tip of the gendered iceberg.

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