Applications are now closed. Check back in early 2017 information about the 2017-2018 cohort. Thanks to all the amazing trans* and genderqueer folks who applied.

For the last three years, CLGS’ Transgender Roundtable, the Freedom Center for Social Justice and the National LGBTQ Task Force have sponsored a year-long leadership development program for transgender and genderqueer seminarians in the United States. Our goal is to encourage trans* students during their training for religious leadership so that they complete their degrees, feel equipped to follow their vocation, and also embrace the fact that their impact as faith leaders can and should extend beyond their chosen settings for ministry and service to include the welfare of the broader communities in which they live. This is the only program that we are aware of that addresses the unique challenges and gifts of trans* seminarians.

Each year, we offer a cohort experience for five seminary students, providing mentorship, peer support, and the opportunity to attend conferences and retreats sponsored by each of our organizations. In addition to these three face-to-face meetings, the group connects through monthly phone calls and on social media. All of the expenses to attend the programs are fully covered.

In this amazing and intensive opportunity, participants will attend and actively participate in 3 powerful gatherings, build relationships with new and known colleagues, and journey deep into the meaning of what leadership means and feels like for people of faith who also identify as transgender or genderqueer.

The Application Form for the 2016-2017 cohort is due May 1, 2016.  For more information about the program visit the Trans* Seminarians Cohort page.
(Please Download The Form To Save & Complete Properly) Email Applications to Deseree Fontenot at

This leadership development experience is sponsored by the Pacific School of Religion’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry, The Freedom Center for Social Justice’s Transgender Faith and Action Network, and The Institute for Welcoming Resources at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.