If you take the trouble to click on the above link with ‘youtube’, you may be surprised at the synchronicity you will discover between the discrimination experienced by both Gay and Trans-sexual people who actually inhabit the community of the Church.
The video session provided here was shared by members of the Episcopal Church who attended their TEC General Convention this year; and was probably helpful for the decision made by G.C. to include Trans-sexual persons as equally welcome into ministry as Gay persons who have accepted and found peace with their innate sexual-orientation – which may contradict the gender-assignment expectations attached to their situation.
This video demonstrates the need for society to try to understand the dilemma of the individual whose gender-sexuality identity may be different from that of the majority of their peers – a factor which may be evident to that person even in early childhood, but which becomes more obvious at the pubertal stages, even though one may struggle to measure up to the expectations of what society considers behaviour that is ‘normal’ for one’s assigned gender.
I found that the people who were prepared to talk about their gender re-assignment and transition were entirely convincing in their newly-adapted personae. Most of them had found peace within themselves and with their families after their transition. I believe that God has been at work in their movement towards personal wholeness – as with innately Gay people, who have come to terms with their sexual-orientation. What this teaches us is that our common human likeness to the Imago Dei is not bound by any particular expression of our gender or sexual-identity. This is why I believe that both Trans-gender and Gay people (as well as Women) should not be barred from accepting what they perceive to be the call of God into ministry in the Church.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand