Paula Stone Williams

Religious leader, counselor, advocate
Paula Stone Williams is a Pastoral Counselor and internationally known speaker on gender equity, LGBTQ advocacy, and religious tolerance.

Why you should listen

The Reverend Dr. Paula Stone Williams knows the truth will set you free, but only after it upends your carefully constructed narrative. Her devotion to authenticity caused her to leave her comfort zone as a nationally known religious leader and follow her heart to transition from Paul to Paula. She lost all of her jobs and most of her friends. Williams also discovered the massive differences between life as a male and as a female in America.

Williams is the pastor of preaching and worship at Left Hand Church in Longmont, Colorado, a pastoral counselor with RLT Pathways and a sought-after speaker to corporations, government agencies, universities and religious institutions on issues of gender equity and LGBTQ advocacy.

She has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Red Table Talk, National Public Radio, People Magazine, and many other media outlets. Her memoir, As A Woman: What I Learned About Power, Sex, and the Patriarchy After I Transitioned, was published by Simon and Schuster in 2021.

Williams lives in Lyons, Colorado. 

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Gathering together: Notes from Session 4 of TEDWomen 2018

November 30, 2018

In a searching session of talks hosted by curator and photographer Deborah Willis and her son, artist Hank Willis Thomas (who spoke together at TEDWomen 2017), 12 speakers explored conflict, love, the environment and activism, and more. The session featured duet talks from Paula Stone Williams and Jonathan Williams, Neha Madhira and Haley Stack, Aja Monet and phillip agnew, Beth […]

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