I’ve wanted to write a book since six-year-old me was writing children’s books in the backseat of my parents’ car.
More recently, in the fall of 2014, I began penning a book only to realize in January that I was writing the wrong one. That month, I attended a writing workshop at which we were asked to write about how we got our names. As a transgender man, the process of coming to my name has been long and complicated, and I didn’t feel like that was the time or place to divulge all. But because of the prompt, I recognized that the story of living into my name was the book I needed to write.
My Name is Brett: Truths from a Trans Christian does not come out of thin air but is the product of life in the Church, a theological education, and years as a trans man.
In the last five years I have worked in multiple United Methodist churches as a pastoral intern, earned a bachelors degree in Religion from Simpson College, and am currently attending Duke Divinity School where I hope to complete a Master of Theological Studies in 2016. During this time, I’ve also written blog posts for the Reconciling Ministries Network and Believe Out Loud.
When I’m not writing, I’m probably scouring the internet in search of new spoken word artists, watching Iowa State athletics, riding my bicycle, or drinking copious amounts of coffee at the local coffee shop. I also have a job working at Locopops—a local gourmet popsicle joint—that actually pays my bills.