Church of England votes to “welcome” transgender people


The General Synod, the Church’s governing body, has voted overwhelmingly that transgendered people should be “welcomed and affirmed in the parish church.

The motion, which was tabled by Rev Chris Newlands, reads: “That this Synod, recognising the need for transgender people to be welcomed and affirmed in their parish church, call on the House of Bishops to consider whether some nationally commended liturgical materials might be prepared to mark a person’s gender transition.”

The motion was passed by 30 to 2 bishops in favour, 127 to 28 in favour by the clergy and 127 to y48 by lay members.

Rev Newlands said: “I’m euphoric and exhausted. I think it was a good debate with some excellent contributions…

“I’m getting many messages from trans friends around the world.”