“Joshua’s easy, comfortable, and personable style made the information simple to understand, despite its apparent complexity. I personally thank him for the loving way in which he approached this subject with our community.  He wasn’t dry or fact-obsessed in his delivery; rather, he managed to express a true sense of care about our students’ understanding of gender diversity by using scientific research to contextualize all the variables at play.  Joshua also effectively connected this issue to its wider social justice implications, e.g., marriage equality, same-sex adoption, LGBTQ healthcare.”

Mario Johnson, Academic Dean, New Roads High School Santa Monica

“I loved the workshop, and I learned so much too. It was so funny; I think he should be a stand-up comedian.”

High School Student, New Roads High School Santa Monica

“Joshua engaged our students through narratives, humor, activities, and group dialogue around issues related to gender identity, sexual orientation, and intersection of identities. He helped our student leaders from diverse backgrounds understand the complexity of identity and how we are all impacted by life experiences, learned behavior and language, and isms. Participation included students from religious groups, gender-focused and LGBTQ organizations, and ethnic and cultural clubs. Students had the opportunity to explore identity in a safe environment, analyze campus culture, and engage in meaningful dialogue about activism and change.”

Joy L. Hoffman, Ed.D., Director of the Cultural Center, Whittier College

“Joshua is a very engaging speaker. He is sure to include the whole group while first informing, and then calling everyone to a plan of action. His strong commitment to living out, learning, and training about social justice is evident and inspiring.”

Jolie Bernal, Academic Advisor and ADA Coordinator, Brooks Institute of Art

“Not only was Dr. Joshua Moon Johnson very engaging and insightful, he was also very humorous!  Dr. Johnson was able to talk and educate about sensitive subject matter in an appropriate dialogue and presentation.  He was non-imposing and a real joy to have!”

      Student leader, Gay-Straight Alliance, Whittier College 

Book Reviews

This book is filled with stories of healing and reconciliation.  As I reflect on my own journey, it is good to see that everyday we are becoming increasingly aware of the need to heal and reconcile our sexuality and faith at a very young age. May we all embrace continual healing as we read this incredible work.
Rev. Samuel R. Offer, Unity Fellowship Church, Baltimore Vice President, Washington Consulting Group
Johnson’s unique approach to examining the areas of Christianity and same-sex relationships fills an important gap, these two areas rarely converge in research.  He broadens the discussion by bringing together discourse on queer identity, mental health, spirituality, physical and emotional abuse.  The narratives alone constitute a powerful testimony of survival and dynamism in our social system.  Beyond Surviving is beautifully written.
Emily Prieto, Ph.D., Director, Latino Resource Center, Northern Illinois University
For people raised in Christian or other religious traditions who find themselves distancing themselves from this identity as they begin coming out and cultivating intimate relationships, this book provides unique testaments to the struggle and triumph of LGBTQ Christians on our campuses. Beyond Surviving provides hope that we as an LGBTQ community can heal and embrace religion and spirituality as an important aspect of holistic well-being.
Raja Bhattar, Director, LGBT Campus Resource Center, UCLA
Johnson’s new book portrays the struggles of students in same-sex relationships in a powerful and moving way through personal stories–exploring students’ internal and external conflicts, vulnerability, pain, self-realization, hope, and, yes, triumph. Educators will better understand the multiple dynamics at play in the conflict between religious and sexual identity as well as the resources necessary to support students. Everyone who reads Beyond Surviving will be inspired to push for their communities to be more welcoming and inclusive for all.
Michael D. Young, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of California, Santa Barbara