Comments: Equality Bill: Lords revision day 3

I very much like the idea of the Bishop of Southwark standing in for the Bishop of Winchester in the debate. To my American ears, that's a little bit like, say, Dianne Feinstein agreeing to substitute for Orrin Hatch in a Senate debate on abstinence-only birth control programs. Tickles the imagination, and reminds me that yes, things can be different across the pond.

Posted by Charlotte at Wednesday, 20 January 2010 at 8:00pm GMT

"The 2004 Act was passed to provide transsexual people with legal recognition in their acquired gender. Under that Act, legal recognition of a person's new gender follows from the issue of a full gender recognition certificate by the gender recognition panel. Legal recognition of the new gender has the effect that, for example, a male-to-female transsexual person is recognised for all purposes as a woman in English law. On the issue of a full gender recognition certificate, a person is entitled to a new birth certificate reflecting the acquired gender and is able to marry someone of the opposite gender to his or her acquired gender."

This may prove troubling to many in the TS/TG community (and I'm just talking *terminology* here, not "right to marry" as such).

For many TG/TS people, they do not believe themselves to have a "new" or "acquired" gender. They have simply taken steps (via many methods, not only surgical/hormonal) ensure both a Mind/Body well-being and/or external perception of their TRUE gender---the one they've had ALL ALONG. [For example, I know of some Transmen who refuse the designation "F-to-M/FTM". They prefer M-to-M, as they know they've ALWAYS been male.]

Think of it this way: a person born w/ a severe facial cleft, may lack a visible (even functioning) nose. Yet they know they HAVE a nose, merely requiring surgery to correct its function/make it visible.

In the same way, many Trans people perceive that they already (internally) HAVE the genitals/secondary sexual-characteristics of their TRUE gender . . . emanating from their True SELF, where identity comes from. For them, it may simply require surgery and/or hormones (etc) to correct what is---*for THEM*---a birth defect (much like the facial cleft, above).

The only thing "new" or "acquired" here, is physical wellness---and "recognition in English Law"! They prayerfully await the day that Law, Society AND The Church, *catch up*, and CELEBRATE, their wholeness and well-being.

Posted by JCF at Friday, 22 January 2010 at 7:45pm GMT

Yet more examples of churches wishing to have their so-called 'consciences' (ie right to discriminate) recognised.

Posted by Merseymike at Saturday, 23 January 2010 at 6:51pm GMT
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