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A work of welcome

22 June 2018

How welcome are transgender people in our churches? Rachel Mann believes we can all learn from their struggle to find themselves

A work of welcome

"The Christians will love your faith but hate your life."

THAT'S WHAT AN ATHEIST FRIEND SAID TO ME when, as a transgender woman in the 1990s, I came to faith and announced I intended to start going to church.

My friend's statement indicated a fault-line in British culture that was certainly true 20 years ago: that the Church, especially along its charismatic-evangelical wing, was at odds with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people. Twenty years on, culture has shifted remarkably in many respects. For trans people like me, there is greater awareness of our stories. The 2004 Gender Recognition Act offered new legislative protection for many trans people.

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