Austen Hartke is creating Transgender & Christian Resources
44

patrons

$437
per month
Hello, world! My name is Austen Hartke, and I’m a writer, video creator, and educator, here to make things a little better for people living at the intersection of faith and gender identity. What the heck does that mean, you may ask? Well, here’s the scoop--I’ve spent the last couple of years creating videos on theological issues related to trans identities over on my YouTube channel. And, of course, I do in-person education sessions with churches, small groups, community centers, and LGBTQ related conferences. Most recently, I’ve written a book called “Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians” which is published through Westminster John Knox Press, and available on on AmazonBarnes and NoblePowellsBooks-A-Million, and at your local independent bookstore!

But the more I do, the more I find TO do. There’s a huge need for resources for people that are transgender and also Christian. I get emails every day from trans folks of all ages who are looking for books that talk about gender identity in theology, or Bibles with inclusive language, or discussion guides on LGBTQ identities for their youth group, and on and on! And I need your help to answer all these questions, and to make resources like this come to life.

That’s why I’m working with Patreon. Patreon is a way to support creators you love with a monthly donation. Think of it like public radio, or TV! It’s because of donations from viewers like you that creators like me can afford to keep making the things you love! By supporting me here, you’re supporting the creation of the Transgender and Christian videos, getting those videos Closed Captioned for our Deaf and hard of hearing friends, helping pay for the time it takes to create new written and visual resources, and the expenses inherent in traveling and speaking to churches that want to learn more about how to become trans-inclusive communities. Your donations are literally helping to make the world a better plans for trans and gender-non-conforming people.

And if that’s not enough to convince you to sign on, you also get some pretty cool perks. At the $1 level you get a shout out in that month’s Trans & Christian video. At the $5 level you’ll get the community perk--my personal favorite--where you'll have access to a patrons-only Discord server where we can interact and share our stories! There are so many other awesome perks, so take a look and find the one that's right for you.

If you’re able, please consider donating to my work by clicking the Become a Patron button on my Patreon page. This work can’t happen without you, and I am incredibly grateful for your support.

Peace, friends!

-------

So let's do a little Q&A...
Q) Where can I find your videos? And where can I contact you about coming to my school/church/community center/etc?
A) All my videos are posted to my YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/AustenLionheart. For more info on the resources I'm creating, and the work that I'm doing, by checking out my website--www.austenhartke.com. And if you want to contact me about speaking, feel free to drop me a line at [email protected]!

Q) If I become a patron, how often will I be charged?
A) You'll be charged once per month, at whatever rate you select, and you can cancel your patronage at any time--no contracts here! You can learn more at Patreon's FAQ page.

Q) Can I do a one-time donation?
A) So far Patreon doesn't have a one-time donation option, but they do suggest, if you'd like to do this, that you sign up as a patron for whatever amount you'd like to give, and then cancel your patronage after that first amount has been paid.

Thanks, everyone!
Tiers
The Name-Dropper
$1 or more per month 6 patrons
You're the reason these resources get made. Thank you SO much for being the solid foundation that makes good happen. I'll give you a shout-out in at least one T&C video per month! (I'll use your first name on your Patreon account, but if you go by another name, just send me a message and I'll be more than happy to use that one!)
The Town Square
$5 or more per month 23 patrons
You get access to a patron-only Discord server where we can connect, get to know each other, share our stories, and learn new things! Together we make up a REALLY cool community.
+ The Name-Dropper shout-out!
The Second Helping
$10 or more per month 7 patrons
You'll get access to a second video from me each month! I’ll read from a trans- or faith-related resource I find helpful, or maybe I’ll play you a song, or maybe we’ll talk about another Bible passage and its relation to LGBTQ+ lives… You just never know! 

+ The Name Dropper shout out!

+ The Town Square community group!

The Lectionarian
$25 or more per month 7 patrons
You get access to a post I’ll write once a month on one of the four Sunday lectionary passages, as seen through a queer and trans lens. If you're a ministry leader you may find this helpful in preparing for worship, or if you're just someone who enjoys reading about the Bible, you may come up with some new questions you'd never asked before!
+ The Name Dropper shout out!

+ The Town Square community group!

+ The Second Helping monthly video!

The Puppy Poll
$50 or more per month 1 patron
Woah, at this level I want to incorporate your thoughts into the videos! You'll be getting access to at least one poll each month, asking questions about your favorite biblical characters, whether I should start using more background music, which Hogwarts house is the best (kidding!) (or am I?), etc. Of course, these puppy polls will include photos from my dog Mowgli, because everyone needs their monthly dose of cute.

+ The Name Dropper shout out!
+ The Town Square community group!

+ The Second Helping monthly video!

+ The Lectionarian post!

The All-Star
$100 or more per month 1 patron
Holy cow! If you pledge $100 per month, first of all, you're the coolest person in the universe. At this point, there really isn't anything I can do to thank you enough, but you'll get my personal email address and we can talk about any resources you'd like to see me make! Also, if you have work that you'd like me to highlight, I'll recognize your organization as an official sponsor!

+ The Name Dropper shout out!
+ The Town Square community group!

+ The Second Helping monthly video!

+ The Lectionarian post!

+ The Puppy Polls!

Goals
$437 of $600 per month
At this level I can finally level-up my video editing software, and add some more RAM to my old Macbook! No more grainy picture, wonky sound, and weird cuts--I can't wait!
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Hello, world! My name is Austen Hartke, and I’m a writer, video creator, and educator, here to make things a little better for people living at the intersection of faith and gender identity. What the heck does that mean, you may ask? Well, here’s the scoop--I’ve spent the last couple of years creating videos on theological issues related to trans identities over on my YouTube channel. And, of course, I do in-person education sessions with churches, small groups, community centers, and LGBTQ related conferences. Most recently, I’ve written a book called “Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians” which is published through Westminster John Knox Press, and available on on AmazonBarnes and NoblePowellsBooks-A-Million, and at your local independent bookstore!

But the more I do, the more I find TO do. There’s a huge need for resources for people that are transgender and also Christian. I get emails every day from trans folks of all ages who are looking for books that talk about gender identity in theology, or Bibles with inclusive language, or discussion guides on LGBTQ identities for their youth group, and on and on! And I need your help to answer all these questions, and to make resources like this come to life.

That’s why I’m working with Patreon. Patreon is a way to support creators you love with a monthly donation. Think of it like public radio, or TV! It’s because of donations from viewers like you that creators like me can afford to keep making the things you love! By supporting me here, you’re supporting the creation of the Transgender and Christian videos, getting those videos Closed Captioned for our Deaf and hard of hearing friends, helping pay for the time it takes to create new written and visual resources, and the expenses inherent in traveling and speaking to churches that want to learn more about how to become trans-inclusive communities. Your donations are literally helping to make the world a better plans for trans and gender-non-conforming people.

And if that’s not enough to convince you to sign on, you also get some pretty cool perks. At the $1 level you get a shout out in that month’s Trans & Christian video. At the $5 level you’ll get the community perk--my personal favorite--where you'll have access to a patrons-only Discord server where we can interact and share our stories! There are so many other awesome perks, so take a look and find the one that's right for you.

If you’re able, please consider donating to my work by clicking the Become a Patron button on my Patreon page. This work can’t happen without you, and I am incredibly grateful for your support.

Peace, friends!

-------

So let's do a little Q&A...
Q) Where can I find your videos? And where can I contact you about coming to my school/church/community center/etc?
A) All my videos are posted to my YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/AustenLionheart. For more info on the resources I'm creating, and the work that I'm doing, by checking out my website--www.austenhartke.com. And if you want to contact me about speaking, feel free to drop me a line at [email protected]!

Q) If I become a patron, how often will I be charged?
A) You'll be charged once per month, at whatever rate you select, and you can cancel your patronage at any time--no contracts here! You can learn more at Patreon's FAQ page.

Q) Can I do a one-time donation?
A) So far Patreon doesn't have a one-time donation option, but they do suggest, if you'd like to do this, that you sign up as a patron for whatever amount you'd like to give, and then cancel your patronage after that first amount has been paid.

Thanks, everyone!

Recent posts by Austen Hartke

Tiers
The Name-Dropper
$1 or more per month 6 patrons
You're the reason these resources get made. Thank you SO much for being the solid foundation that makes good happen. I'll give you a shout-out in at least one T&C video per month! (I'll use your first name on your Patreon account, but if you go by another name, just send me a message and I'll be more than happy to use that one!)
The Town Square
$5 or more per month 23 patrons
You get access to a patron-only Discord server where we can connect, get to know each other, share our stories, and learn new things! Together we make up a REALLY cool community.
+ The Name-Dropper shout-out!
The Second Helping
$10 or more per month 7 patrons
You'll get access to a second video from me each month! I’ll read from a trans- or faith-related resource I find helpful, or maybe I’ll play you a song, or maybe we’ll talk about another Bible passage and its relation to LGBTQ+ lives… You just never know! 

+ The Name Dropper shout out!

+ The Town Square community group!

The Lectionarian
$25 or more per month 7 patrons
You get access to a post I’ll write once a month on one of the four Sunday lectionary passages, as seen through a queer and trans lens. If you're a ministry leader you may find this helpful in preparing for worship, or if you're just someone who enjoys reading about the Bible, you may come up with some new questions you'd never asked before!
+ The Name Dropper shout out!

+ The Town Square community group!

+ The Second Helping monthly video!

The Puppy Poll
$50 or more per month 1 patron
Woah, at this level I want to incorporate your thoughts into the videos! You'll be getting access to at least one poll each month, asking questions about your favorite biblical characters, whether I should start using more background music, which Hogwarts house is the best (kidding!) (or am I?), etc. Of course, these puppy polls will include photos from my dog Mowgli, because everyone needs their monthly dose of cute.

+ The Name Dropper shout out!
+ The Town Square community group!

+ The Second Helping monthly video!

+ The Lectionarian post!

The All-Star
$100 or more per month 1 patron
Holy cow! If you pledge $100 per month, first of all, you're the coolest person in the universe. At this point, there really isn't anything I can do to thank you enough, but you'll get my personal email address and we can talk about any resources you'd like to see me make! Also, if you have work that you'd like me to highlight, I'll recognize your organization as an official sponsor!

+ The Name Dropper shout out!
+ The Town Square community group!

+ The Second Helping monthly video!

+ The Lectionarian post!

+ The Puppy Polls!