The Rev. Dr. Leanne McCall Tigert is a fellow in the American Association of
Pastoral Counselors, licensed pastoral psychotherapist, adjunct faculty in
pastoral care and counseling at Andover Newton Theological School, writer and
Leanne was born in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1957 and was ordained in the
United Church of Christ in 1984. She has been an "out" and outspoken activist in
word and pen for more than twenty years. She has provided expert testimony at
legislative hearings, brought the voice of religious affirmation to secular work
for LGBT justice and has been involved with organizations such as the UCC
Coalition for LGBT Concerns and the Religious Coalition of Freedom to Marry
throughout the years.
Tigert is the author of four books--Coming Out Young and Faithful,
Coming Out Through Fire: Surviving the Trauma of Homophobia,
Coming Out While Staying In, and Transgendering Faith: Identity,
Sexuality and Spirituality--as well as numerous articles. Her writing has
twice been nominated for Lambda Literary Awards and once has received the
Mayflower Award for Social Justice from the Pilgrim Press.
Leanne has been engaged in pioneering work in pastoral counseling to empower
individuals and families healing from internalized homophobia and religious
shame. She leads trainings for several professional organizations (AAMFT, NASW,
etc.) on affirmative psychotherapy with LGBT persons.
(This biographical statement provided by Leanne Tigert.)