Monday, 10 July 2017

Church of England will "welcome and affirm" trans people

In a vote at the weekend the Church of England voted to "welcome and affirm" transgendered people in their parish churches.

Bishops voted 30 to two in favour, while 127 lay members voted for and 48 against, and clergy backed the motion 127 to 28.

It was presented by Reverend Chris Newlands, who said the church should act as a welcoming place for trans people, citing the "long and often complex process of transition".

It's something which Newlands hopes will be distributed throughout the church, in order to know how best to serve the trans community.

Supporters of the motion said the Church should offer a welcome to trans people in order to mark their transition, some have also suggested special ceremonies.

At the meeting Newlands said he hoped to make a powerful statement that "trans people are cherished and loved by Good, who created them."

Newlands added: "Thank god the church is beginning to accept reality and catch up".

The vote does seem to be going in the right direction for the church, who haven't exactly been known for their welcoming attitude towards members of the LGBT+ community.

I welcome the move however there is a long way to go, to regain the trust of a community who have felt persecuted, and excluded by religious institutions.

For example the Church of England currently offers civil partnerships, but not same sex marriages within the church.

Furthermore though Vicars are allowed to enter into same-sex partnerships they are expected to remain celibate.

In February this year, the church voted against changing the rules of same-sex marriage.

So there's a long way to go!

During the General Synod, Church of England members also voted for a ban on unethical "gay cure" therapy.

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