Gender and identity

Heather Brunskell-Evans writes about transgender inclusion in Meetings

At Yearly Meeting Gathering 2017 I participated in a workshop led by North East Thames Area Meeting where we discussed how to welcome and nurture transgender Friends and attenders in our Meetings. I was moved by the testimonies of individuals who identify as transgender and who ministered to their deeply felt sense they are the opposite gender to the one assigned during childhood. I welcomed the collective ministry, which hoped that as a Society we develop and encompass progressive ideas that gender (‘femininity’ and ‘masculinity’) is not fixed as the inevitable outcome of biological sex. However, I also experienced a profound ‘dis-ease’.

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