by Rob Clucas
from Modern Believing Vol 58:4 - October 2017

Abstract:

In this article, I discuss the situation of trans people within the Church of England. I outline instances of legal and institutional discrimination in the following situations: the Equality Act 2010 in the context of employment, promotion and training; trans candidates for ordination; and marriage involving (a) trans person(s). I discuss some theology relating to this discrimination. I explain the impact of disadvantage and discrimination for minority groups with reference to minority stress, and clarify the microaggressive messages contained in differential institutional treatment for trans people. I suggest that the harm done by Church discrimination against trans people is real and significant, and ought to be recognized and addressed. 

Keywords:

CHURCH OF ENGLAND; DISCRIMINATION; DISCRETION; EQUALITY ACT 2010; LGBT; MARRIAGE; MICROAGGRESSIONS; MINORITY STRESS; ORDINATION; PREJUDICE; TRANS; TRANSGENDER.


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