The Anglican Church in the United Kingdom is one of the most inclusive and welcoming churches in the world, but one of its biggest problems is the way its policies towards transgender people are being met.
The church’s policy on gender identity and gender expression has been the subject of a number of high-profile controversies.
In 2015, the Anglican church said that transgender people should not be admitted to its ranks, because it is “against the biblical and human teaching on marriage”.
It is also not a “Christian institution”, and it has a history of rejecting transgender people, even going so far as to deny them the right to wear women’s clothing, which it says is contrary to their natural nature.
But this latest controversy is more complicated.
According to an article in The Independent, the church has not changed its stance on transgender people in the last 15 years, but it did start to allow some people to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.
The article claims that this is because the church wanted to protect children from “a toxic mix of bullying and fear”, which it argues was driving many children to the internet to bully other children.
It goes on to say that there was also a “moral obligation to provide safe spaces for children who are questioning their gender and to avoid bullying in schools”.
In recent months, the controversy over the policy has been further complicated by the resignation of a church bishop, after a report said that he had abused his position to promote a homophobic agenda.
The bishop was not publicly identified by name, but the church said in a statement that he resigned because he was no longer able to continue his ministry.
“We have made clear that we will not tolerate any attempt to silence any member of the church who expresses their personal convictions on these matters,” the statement read.
The story also claims that the church’s chief pastor, Fr Mark Collett, had “perceived the LGBT community as a threat” in the past, and had been aware of the problem from the time he was a bishop.
“He had made clear his belief that homosexuality is a sin, and that gay people are not fit to be a part of the Christian community,” the church told the BBC.
But now, the article claims, Collett has been forced out by the leadership of the Anglicans United and has become “a lightning rod for criticism”.
The Anglicans have long been accused of a “bias” towards LGBT people, with the church saying that it is against “sexual abuse, incest, bestiality and bestial behaviour”.
It has been criticised for “rejecting and belittling” LGBT people in its services, and has been accused by gay rights campaigners of not taking their concerns seriously enough.
According a 2016 report from the United Nations LGBT Equality Network, LGBT people have experienced discrimination and marginalisation in church services, including in the way the church handles complaints about sexual abuse and abuse of power.
LGBT rights group Out and Equal has been trying to change the church in the UK, and said that it hoped that the recent resignations would encourage the church to “rethink its policy towards LGBT members”.
The group is also calling on the church leadership to “remove a culture of silence and denial of LGBT people” and to stop “discriminating against LGBT people based on their sexual orientation”.
In its statement, the organization said that the resignations should “send a clear message that LGBT people are welcome in the church”, and that the Church of England will continue to be “an active participant in LGBT rights”.