A safe, gender neutral space

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http://changingattitude.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Gender-Neutral-Restroom-300×249.jpg 300w” sizes=”(max-width: 324px) 100vw, 324px” /> The ‘neutral gender bathroom’, specially designated in the Indiana Convention Centre for those attending the General Convention 2012, has been a cause of some mirth. Even TransEpiscopal delegates, pleased to see that the organisers had addressed the request for this facility for transgender people, were amused by the […]

Joy at Trans inclusion

Westin Hotel Lobby

After a week working alongside the TransEpiscopal delegation, and members of Integrity, it was sad to be leaving General Convention with the final outcome of the Trans non-discrimination resolutions, D002 and D019, still undecided. In this photograph, taken on Monday, I am in the Westin Hotel lobby with Cameron Partridge, Gari Green and Donna Cartwright, […]

House of Bishops approve Transgender inclusion

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http://changingattitude.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Open-session-small-300×225.jpg 300w” sizes=”(max-width: 320px) 100vw, 320px” /> Friday 6th July 2012: I’m sitting in an open session of the House of Bishops. Obviously, I’m not in England – I don’t think the English House of Bishops meets in open session (though I could be wrong). I’m at General Convention 2012 waiting to hear the bishops […]

The Listening Process Compared

This afternoon I attended the hearing of the Ministry Committee considering Resolution D002 which would add the category ‘gender identity and expression’ to the non-discrimination canon for the ordination discernment process, and D019 which would add the same wording to the Episcopal Church’s canon on access of the laity to all levels of church participation […]

Happy Fourth of July!

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http://changingattitude.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/4th-July-Panel-100×100.jpg 100w” sizes=”(max-width: 133px) 100vw, 133px” />The baseball stadium stands adjacent to the Indiana Conference Centre where General Convention is meeting. By early evening crowds began arriving to attend the game and to watch the fireworks display that was to follow to mark the 4th of July, Independence Day. I was sorely tempted to join […]

Setting up our stall: TransEpiscopal at General Convention

GC Day 1 group at booth

http://changingattitude.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/GC-Day-1-group-at-booth-300×223.jpg 300w” sizes=”(max-width: 480px) 100vw, 480px” />The 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church begins this Thursday in Indianapolis but Bishops and deputies are arriving already and businesses, organisations and charities setting up their booths (stalls) in the Exhibition area. This morning the TransEpiscopal delegation, of which I’m part, had a meeting at our booth […]

General Convention 2012 – the 3 Trans resolutions

My packing’s nearly complete but I thought it might be a good idea to list the three trans-specific resolutions at General Convention 2012 before I go: 1) D002:  “Affirming Access to the Ordination Process” (sponsored by Sarah Lawton, Byron Rushing, and Carla Robinson) would add “gender identity and expression” to the canon on access to […]

Go West: Changing Attitude, England at General Convention

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‘(Together), we will go our way (Together), we will leave some day (Together), your hand in my hands (Together), we will make our plans.’ As I continue packing for my journey to Indianapolis, Indiana, to attend the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, USA, the words of ‘Go West’, a Village People song, memorably […]