Over the last year or two, LGBTQ issues have erupted with increasing frequency at evangelical…Read More
Donovan Ackley III
Donovan Ackley III, Ph.D. is a college professor, writer, speaker, and consultant based in the greater Los Angeles area who currently teaches religious studies and yoga at the University of Redlands and also recently taught Gender Studies in the School of Humanities at UC Irvine. He has consulted on transgender issues with the ACLU's LGBT Project, SoulForce, Polytechnic School, Occidental College, TriCity Mental Health and Pacific Clinics of LA County, the annual film festival On Level Ground and the documentary film TransFiguration. He serves on the Boards of Directors of both Trans Lifeline, a free phone helpline for transgender people in crisis, and SafetyNet, a non-profit advocacy resource organization for LGBTQ students at Christian colleges and universities. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion from Claremont Graduate University in 1997 and has spent almost two decades teaching philosophy, history, and spirituality as a full-time college professor. He is the author of Women, Music and Faith in Central Appalachia (2001), chapters in the books Manning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family and Themselves (2014), The Encyclopedia of Appalachia (2006), Creation and The Environment: An Anabaptist Perspective on a Sustainable World (2000), and a frequent blog on Huffington Post’s Religion and Gay Voices pages. He is also ordained as a Christian minister in the historic peace church tradition and is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor specializing in hatha yoga and meditation.