Transgender Saints

Most of the saints considered here are assigned female at birth, whose sanctity depended upon their subsequent embrace of a male identity. Their stories of personal liberation and salvation could have helped to model her vocational flight from an arranged marriage. Among such saints are Anastasia (Anastasios), Apolinaria (Dorotheos), Athanasia, Eugenia (Eugenios), Euphrosyne (Smaragdus), Hilaria (Hilarion), Marina (Marinos), Matrona (Babylas), Pelagia (Pelagius), Susannah (John), and Theodora (Theodoros).