Church Of England Votes To Welcome Trans People

From the Catholic news site Tablet:

The Church of England has passed a motion on welcoming transgender people at their General Synod.

Members of Synod, meeting in York from 7 – 10 July, supported a call for the House of Bishops to consider preparing nationally commended liturgical materials to mark a person’s gender transition.

The motion also recognises the “need for transgender people to be welcomed and affirmed in their parish church”. The motion was proposed by Rev Christopher Newlands from the C of E diocese of Blackburn.

Opening the debate on 9 July, he said: “I hope that we can make a powerful statement to say that we believe that trans people are cherished and loved by God, who created them, and is present through all the twists and turns of their lives.”

Over the weekend the Church Of England also voted to condemn ex-gay torture.