January 20, 2016 at 3:55 pm EST | by Staff reports
Documenting trans acceptance in religion
Gene Robinson, gay news, Washington Blade, transgender religion

Retired Bishop V. Gene Robinson wrote a report that examines the way that Jewish and Christian traditions have become more inclusive of trans people. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

WASHINGTON — The Center for American Progress on Jan. 19 released a report about the inclusion of transgender people in religious denominations.

Retired New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson wrote the report that examines the way that Jewish and Christian traditions have become more inclusive of trans people. The gay Episcopalian also details his personal experience with the issue.

“I have been personally affected by many transgender faithful,” said Robinson in a Center for American Progress press release.

“It is up to members of those faiths to build transgender-inclusive churches and synagogues,” he added. “Without a better understanding of gender identity and religion, people of faith cannot hope to build the houses of worship and community it is clear our faiths require.”

Robinson in 2003 became the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church. He is now a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

The Center for American Progress released the report less than a week after Anglican leaders voted to sanction the Episcopal Church over its support of marriage rights for same-sex couples.

1 Comment
  • The Episcopal Church split over Bishop Robinson’s being “open”. I guess those who left would have been OK with him remaining in the closet and living a lie. I was a lay reader and senior warden of my church. Notice I said was. I am no longer a believer.

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