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Raised Greek Orthodox Christian, Reverend Kat broke with religious and familial tradition when she came out as a queer femme, in her early twenties. As an experienced teacher of contemplative practices, a poet, a mystic, and a critical thinker, Rev. Kat brings a fresh perspective to the Equality landscape. In 2013, she became ordained as an Interfaith Minister, while also running the healing business that she founded over a decade ago, "KaTransformations, in service to your transformations." Rev. Kat and her spouse, Goldalee, reside in Manhattan. They hope to bring a little bit of heaven to their neighborhood: "Hell's Kitchen."

Photo credit: Goldalee Katsanis-Semel

Recent Posts

Jul 18, 2018

Trigger Warning: Discussion of suicide and depression

As our collective consciousness was recently focused on the themes of depression, suicide and suicide prevention, I wish to express what many of us in our community know: LGBTQ+ people are at an increased risk for dying by suicide. Here’s my story of self-destruction, spiritual obedience and renewal.

Apr 01, 2018

Holiday seasons, including Holy Week and Easter, are generally tough for everyone. For many of us in the LGBTQ+ community, holiday seasons can be even tougher, but on the other side of our deepest heartache lies our deepest breakthrough. This is because what we cannot hold alone forces us to either go mad, or go to God. Due to the wonderful and terrifying laws of free will and choice, we get to choose. We can choose detachment from All That is Good, or we can latch onto All That is Good.

Sep 15, 2017

Right now, while living within an increasingly polarized nation, the hardest thing to do is to keep emulating Jesus. I utilized the word emulating for a reason. I utilized it, for as Christians, we are not simply called to follow Jesus; rather, we are called to emulate Jesus. We are called to live by his example, not just quote his words (or commentary on his words). Moreover, we are not only called to participate in ritual, behind closed doors. Rather, we are called to bravely love on the discouraged, on the frontlines.

Jun 09, 2017

“...then their eyes were opened and they recognized him.” –Luke 24:31

Jesus will find us anywhere. As soon as we give him permission, his quest for our hearts is endless.  

I remember when I first came out as queer—first to myself, next to my first girlfriend and friends, and lastly to family.

I never thought that Jesus could show up in the midst of that process, which was largely a gut-wrenching one.

Jan 19, 2017

Trigger warning: discussion of sexual assault, violence

The incoming President of the United States has an awful history in regards to the sacred feminine. As Christians, we cannot always control the broader cultural climate (try as we will, and try as we must), but I encourage us to remember that whenever we move into and out of fear and shame, and whenever we tell the truth about terrible acts, we honor that which is holy. In these moments, we honor that which is holy in ourselves and others. 

Jul 05, 2016

I’m writing here about what I always, somehow, write about: the unlearning of shame. This is the topic on which I’m most focused. It’s my focus, for in the process of unlearning shame, we simultaneously remember our worth, which connects us to Love. And Love—the inherent sense that we’re both loved and emanations of Love—is at the heart of authentic, Christian teaching.

For in being both loved and being emanations of Love, we are indeed made in God’s image.

May 23, 2016

Honestly, it was hard for me to read this book. Even as an avid reader, it was hard to stick with it; however, it wasn’t hard for the reasons readers might assume. Some might jump to assume that it wasn’t well-researched, or well-written, or both. Some might even assume that it wasn’t catchy enough to compete with our social media saturated culture. 

Jun 25, 2015

The post coming-out talk that I had with my mom related to my sexuality was hard. It had to do with her and dad going to therapy. They’d found a therapist who’d went to Smith College; they sought counsel from her. It sounded hopeful, at first. I opened my heart up at least wider than my smile, awaiting supportive words. Yet my hope was short-lived.

Sep 18, 2013

Are you familiar with this Bible verse? And if so, does it alarm you?

Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—a man's enemies will be the members of his own household. (Matthew 10:34-36)


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