This talk weaves together three distinct moments: the recent spate of anti-trans bills within the U.S. (which seek to regulate trans access to public facilities), Late Antique rabbinic texts about androgynes and eunuchs, and contemporary trans Jewish readings of Genesis. The thread that connects all three is a struggle over the legibility of trans bodies in both religion and law. I will argue that contemporary characterizations of religion as essentially hostile to trans subjects obscures the effort involved in rendering trans/religion incoherent, and colludes in the cisgendering of religion.
The lecture will begin at 4 P.M. at the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation located at 1245 East 2nd Street. The event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available across the street at the 2nd Street Garage.