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Trans People and the Church of England: Disadvantage and microaggressions

Clucas, Rob



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 recognised and addressed.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 31, 2017
Publication Date 2017-10
Deposit Date Apr 1, 2022
Journal Modern Believing
Print ISSN 1353-1425
Electronic ISSN 2053-633X
Publisher Liverpool University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 58
Issue 4
Pages 321-342
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