Church of England Approves Transgender Clergy Guidance for Welcoming Trans Christians

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12/11/2018

The Church of England issued guidance to clergy on how to be “creative and sensitive” as they welcome transgender people into the faith. The church’s House of Bishops approved the pastoral guidance document that advises Anglican clergy to address trans individuals by their chosen names, rather than their birth names. The move to welcome more transgender individuals into the church, the BBC reported, comes one year after a general synod in York voted on the need for trans people to be “welcomed and affirmed” by church leaders and its congregations. The church faced protests from African immigrants and LGBT community members to push forward in its efforts to welcome minority members.

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