Chris Paige is a transgender identified lesbian who seeks justice through her work as a writer, organizer, and educator. Baptized in a Christian Reformed Church in Lansing, Michigan, in 1971, Chris was confirmed in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Chris graduated with a B.S. degree in Math, Computer Science, and Religion from Mary Washington College (now University of Mary Washington: www.umw.edu) in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in 1994.
Chris was on the staff of the award-winning progressive, ecumenical Christian magazine The Other Side from 1994 to 2003. From 1999 to 2003, she served as publisher, and she helped shape the magazine's May-June 2001 issue on transgender concerns.
She has served on the council of CLOUT (Christian Lesbians Out Together) www.cloustsisters.org and is an elder at Tabernacle United Church www.tabunited.org in Philadelphia.
In 1999, Chris created TransFaith, an Internet resource with information on transgender concerns from a Christian perspective. TransFaith continues to be one of the most-used Internet resources for transgender Christian concerns: www.transfaithonline.org. In 2007, TransFaith was relaunched and Chris's transgender religious organizing expanded. In 2009, the TransFaith Network (http://network.transfaithonline.org) launched providing an interactive online resource focused on building transgender religious community. Chris has been involved in the development of transgender groups in the UCC and The Fellowship, as well as spirituality programming at the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference and the Transgender Religious Leaders Summit.
Chris has also led anti-racism workshops and seminars with a particular focus on LGBT Christian communities. She continues to discern how to best develop her skills and shape her energies as an anti-racist ally.
In addition to her continuing work as an educator, Chris also works as a freelance consultant (www.ready-set-go.biz) to various small businesses and non-profit organizations with particular emphasis on website development.
Chris lives in Philadelphia with her partner, Beth Stroud, and their daughter.
(This biographical statement provided by Chris Paige.)