Austen Hartke is the creator of the YouTube series “Transgender and Christian,” which seeks to understand, interpret, and share parts of the Bible that relate to gender identity and the lives of transgender individuals. Austen is a graduate of Luther Seminary’s Master of Arts program in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Studies, and is the winner of the 2014 John Milton Prize in Old Testament Writing from the same institution. He has spoken at conferences all over the country, including The Reformation Project Conferences in 2014 and 2017, the 2016 Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference, and the 2018 Why Christian Conference, and also enjoys speaking at colleges and universities. Currently Austen lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his girlfriend and their dog Mowgli. Austen's book "Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians," was released on April 7th, 2018 from Westminster John Knox Press, and won a starred review from the American Library Association's Booklist. As a transgender person of faith, Austen's greatest passion is helping other trans and gender-non-conforming people see themselves in scripture.

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