From 2012-2015, Rev. Linda Herzer served a church with a large transgender population. This resulted in her learning much about transgender people, becoming an active ally, and authoring The Bible and the Transgender Experience: How Scripture Supports Gender Variance, published by Pilgrim Press. In recognition of her faithful support, Linda was made an honorary member of the Atlanta chapter of Tri-Ess, an international organization for cross-dressers. She also co-facilitates support groups for trans individuals and their loved ones, including the parents and spouses of trans children, youth and adults.
Linda is a seasoned trainer and curriculum developer. Prior to becoming a trans advocate, she had a 10-year career as a public school library media specialist. Throughout those years she developed and taught an extensive research skills curriculum. During seminary, Linda did diversity training while serving as Assistant Director of Women’s Concerns, and designed the curriculum for the school’s course on Women in Ministry. She is a certified Breathwork Coach and a Life Coach.
Linda holds a BA in History from Tufts University, a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Masters in Library Media from Georgia State University. She is the proud mother of one adult daughter and lives in Atlanta.
Gabrielle Claiborne has been an out and active trans woman since 2010. Prior to her transition, she owned and operated successful businesses in the construction industry, overseeing multimillion dollar projects nationwide. Today she is a highly respected trans business owner and was nominated by the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce as their 2017 Business Woman of the Year. In 2015 Gabrielle was honored as Atlanta’s Best Trans Activist.
Along with being a successful entrepreneur, Gabrielle is an inspiring speaker, a dynamic trainer and a recognized community leader. She has served as Event Coordinator for the Atlanta Transgender Community Group and co-hosted The Elle Transit, a program promoting trans awareness on Back2Us Radio. After co-chairing the VIP Hospitality Committee for Atlanta PRIDE in 2014, Gabrielle was elected to the Atlanta PRIDE Board of Directors the following year and continues to serve on their Executive Board. She also served on the Executive Board at City of Light Atlanta, directed their choir, and founded and led the church’s transgender support group.
Gabrielle holds a BS in Mathematics from Emory University and a Masters in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech. She is the proud parent of three adult children and lives in Atlanta.