Benae Beamon is a Ph.D candidate in the Graduate Division of Religious Studies at Boston University. She earned her B.A. in religion from Colgate University and her M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School with a concentration in ethics. She focuses on black queer ethics, folding the study of black churches and philosophical hermeneutics into sexual ethics discourse. Using social history to uncover black moral and social thought surrounding sexuality and building primarily on womanist ethics, queer theory, and black theology, she explores the experience and reality of black queer and transwomen. More broadly, she also has interests in the black arts, such as African American literature, African American poetry, and specifically tap dance, as they relate to queerness.