Transgender Persons, Their Families and
the Church is a compilation of five personal accounts from Catholics who are
trans, have trans children or who minister to trans people.
The existence of
transgender persons is not new, but awareness of their presence is. Their
increased visibility and their willingness to identify themselves publicly has
raised a range of issues: clinical, theological, pastoral, and political. Trans
persons want their voices to be heard as these issues are discussed.
assembled a group of five Catholics – two transgender persons, two parents of
transgender children, and a spiritual director who has had more than 20 years of
experience ministering among members of the transgender community. We invited
each of them to share their experience, their struggles and their hopes with a
group of Catholic bishops. We then compiled their comments into five essays.
This book is not a
moral analysis. It is a collection of very personal accounts shared to deepen
understanding and respect. Its purpose is to help us see the Church, the
Church’s teaching and Catholic health care through their eyes. It is an
exceptional glimpse into the lives of faith-filled people who experience the
trauma and marginalization of transgender people.