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. Hartke is a graduate of Luther Seminary's Master of Arts program in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Studies and winner of Luther's 2014 John Milton Prize in Old Testament Writing.
"Weaving biblical examples of gender nonconformity and transformation with the stories and voices of contemporary trans Christians, Hartke's approach is both pastoral and prophetic as he addresses harmful Christian theology that has been used to further marginalize and exclude trans people. Hartke's scriptural basis for a trans-affirming theology offers a healing balm for queer and trans people who have ever questioned that God loves them based on "what it says in the Bible," while challenging progressive Christian communities to center trans perspectives in their efforts to become truly open and affirming." --Sojourners