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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
Publication Date Nov 22, 2017
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
Series ISSN 2053-633X
Institution Citation Clucas, R. (2017). Trans people and the Church of England: disadvantage and microaggressions. Modern believing, 58(4), 321-342. doi:10.3828/mb.2017.22
Keywords Church of England; Discrimination; Discretion; Equality Act 2010; LGBT; Marriage; Microaggressions; Minority stress; Ordination; Prejudice; Trans; Transgender
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Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: Modern believing, 2017, v.58, issue 4.


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