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Curry affirms equal rights for ALL people

Curry affirms equal rights for ALL people

Presiding Bishop  Michael Curry has released a statement stating his opposition to the Executive tweet on trans service members in the US military



In light of President Trump‘s tweet banning transgender individuals from serving in the military and the Department of Justice’s argument that employers can legally discriminate against people on the basis of sexual orientation, I am compelled to oppose these actions and to affirm the moral principle of equal rights for all persons, including the LGBTQ communities. I do so as a follower of Jesus Christ, as Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, and as a citizen who loves this country.

This conviction is not born primarily of a social ideal, but of the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth and the witness of our biblical and theological tradition.

Genesis 1:26-27 teaches us that all human beings are created in the image and likeness of God. This is a divine declaration of the inherent sanctity, dignity and equality of every person.

Further, the sanctity of every human person and the principle of human equality before God are deeply imbedded in the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. In Mark 22:26 and Luke 13:10-17, Jesus teaches the inherent worth and dignity of the human person. In Matthew 5:43-38, he tells us of God’s love for all people equally. In Luke 10:25-37, he commands us to love God and to love every person. Above all, Jesus teaches that we are to treat all others as we ourselves would want to be treated (see Luke 6:31-36).

As followers of Jesus Christ we believe the inherent sanctity, dignity, and equality of every human being as a child of God is part of the moral foundation of our faith. In the Episcopal Church we promise in Holy Baptism to “respect the dignity of every person,” and to “seek and serve Christ in all persons.”

As Americans, we believe in civil and human equality, as one of the foundational ideals of our country. Discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation is a violation of the fundamental ideal of equality in America. The Declaration of Independence says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.”

Those rights – and the protection from discrimination – apply equally to all Americans.

I truly believe that the overwhelming goodness and kindness and sense of justice of the American people are summed up in the words of the Pledge of Allegiance, which says that we are “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”  Therein is the soul of America!

So, to the transgender individuals currently serving in the armed forces: thank you. We are grateful for your service and for your sacrifices.  We support you and all service members and veterans. You are our neighbors, brothers and sisters in God‘s human family, and fellow citizens of this country we love.


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“maintain[in]g that you are or want to be a sex other than that which God created you in the first place at birth”

The *assignment at birth* by a fallible human doctor (merely based upon observation of genitals and/or chromosomes) is NOT the same as the sex “which God created you in the first place”.

It is distressing to hear a view which is supported by NEITHER medical science, nor the Gospel.

Marshall Scott

Experts can certainly be helpful. I’d be interested to see your citation. (Yes, I’m sure you do have it; and I will commit to look at it.)

As for “not a red herring:” perhaps not, but seems at least a straw man. The scholarly work I have seen certainly doesn’t advocate gender reassignment or medical intervention at a young age. It advocates not jumping to the conclusion that the child is pathological for nonconforming behaviors, and providing emotional support in the face of a commonly hostile world. It advocates listening seriously while not overreacting – really, in either direction.

Prof Christopher Seitz

“Can they just be children without gender i.d.” — but the point being claimed is that they are in fact identfying as transgendered, not as without gender. “More and more folks are discovering that they are transgender at much younger ages, such as 5 or 6 years of age.” Of course boys and girls ought to be allowed to be kids and live this period of their life without adult projections of transgendered identity. That is the “expert” view as stated above.

David Allen

What experts are doing in the US is exactly what Ann posits. They are advising parents to let their child grow up as the child chooses to be. And should that child be insistent that he or she is not the gender presented at birth, as that child approaches puberty the experts provide hormone blockers to prevent the bodily changes that would transpire at that age until the child is 18 or older. Then they may legally choose for him or herself whether to stop the blockers and let the changes occur or to take hormones and have the level of gender confirmation surgery that they elect for themselves.

Ann Fontaine

Why can’t kids just grow up without boy/girl identity? Can they just be children without gender i.d.? Let them dress however they wish, take on activities that they love — not be constrained by cultural expectations. Relax and enjoy your unique self.

Professor Christopher Seitz

This isn’t very exciting and doesn’t sound breathless, but it is from “an expert.”

So much of this depends on the age of the child. **In much of the current research about this, there isn’t a clear consensus in the community or among providers.** The term “transgender” itself has gone through dynamic shift over time but is generally taken to mean someone who has a gender identity, a gender expression, a gender performance that is outside of the expected cultural norms for their assigned sex at birth.

It’s also true, though, that there are a lot of kids who are prepuberal [in the stage just before puberty] who have gender nonconforming behaviors, who I would not label as transgender. **The truth is that we don’t really know whether that child who is gender non-conforming in childhood is going to go on to have a trans identity in adolescence or adulthood.**

Thank you. Before adolescence one cannot speak of clear transgender identity and one ought not to. Let the kids grow up. Seasons are seasons and they are not to be conflated with later ones.

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