Bay Area Reporter: Episcopal Church adopts trans-inclusive policies

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Meanwhile, back in Anaheim, the power of personal story – its ability to transform abstract concepts like gender identity and expression into concrete human reality – seemed to win over hearts and minds.

"What blew me away," said the Reverend Cameron Partridge, a transgender priest and TransEpiscopal leader, "was how many people came out of the woodwork. More people are connected to the transgender community than one might imagine."

As Partridge, originally from the Bay Area, now serving as vicar of a Boston parish, explained further, "When we brought up the [resolutions] people stepped forward to say, 'My neighbor is trans, or my son or daughter is.' In other cases, and random places, people came forward and told me, 'I am so glad that you testified at that committee hearing. I would never have thought about [transgender concerns] before.'"

In sum, Cameron, another among the party of eight, added, "People were amazing."

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Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalEpiscopal Church (TEC)General Convention Sexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion)* Culture-WatchSexuality

Posted August 28, 2009 at 4:40 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. nwlayman wrote:

How does one become a TransEpiscopal “leader”?  Is there an election?  Are there qualifications that must first be met?

August 28, 5:09 pm | [comment link]
2. Jeffersonian wrote:

A scene from GC12.

August 28, 5:23 pm | [comment link]
3. Capt. Father Warren wrote:

I need to go out and buy a new dictionary.  Where do you go to keep up with all these new “trans” terms?  I just saw where Barney Frank has a Transgender policy advocate lobbying for a transgener rights bill.  Why don’t we cut to the chase and just declare anyone can be anything and do everything?

August 29, 8:02 am | [comment link]
4. The young fogey wrote:

It seems to show how classist, selective and self-segregating they are. Transsexualism is a problem of a tiny minority that only members of their upper classes (including upper middle) can afford to indulge in. Actually in this case ‘transgender’ works better because that’s exactly what they’re doing. It’s impossible to actually change your sex.

August 29, 9:53 am | [comment link]
5. Br. Michael wrote:

4, I thought you supported GLBT?

August 29, 4:11 pm | [comment link]
6. The young fogey wrote:

5: I’m a libertarian.

August 29, 8:49 pm | [comment link]
7. DaveW wrote:

Can someone be born transgender?  Is there a transgender gene?

And what if someone is transgender, but decides he/she doesn’t like it, and decideds to go back to the original gender he/she started out as, does that make him/her a transtransgender?

And what about transgender marriage?  Prop 9?

Actaully, I’m waiting for transspecies to get going . . .

August 30, 2:22 pm | [comment link]
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