Lianne Simon (1952-2021)
It’s with a heavy heart that we inform the community that one of our beloved members, (Jennifer) Lianne Simon died of a stroke on August 25th. Lianne is our dear friend, colleague, the co-founder of Intersex and Faith, and a member of InterConnect for many years.
Her obituary, part of which follows, can be read HERE.
"Jennifer Lianne Simon, age 69 of White House Tennessee passed away on August 25, 2021. She is survived by her loving husband of 21 years, John Simon; her sisters, Becky Bichlmeir, and Katherine Klett; brother-in-law Dave Simon, and is also survived by cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends. Jennifer was a firmware engineer, and she and her husband John were members of Faith Presbyterian Church in Goodlettsville."
Lianne has supported, advocated for, and befriended countless intersex people over many decades. Through her novels she enabled readers to envision growing up intersex. Lianne worked tirelessly to help religious people, especially conservative Christians like herself, welcome those born outside the male female binary. Her passion led her to co-found the non-profit, Interesx and Faith. Through her writings, and by sharing her story in the documentary "Stories of Intersex and Faith" (which she co-produced), and the video curriculum she helped design, her voice and legacy live on.
Intersex and Faith is planning an online memorial service for Lianne in October for those who want to come hear and share stories. More information on the specific date will come soon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to Intersex and Faith or Faith Presbyterian Church in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.