Intersection of religion, sexuality and transgender.

Screen shot from Imperial's Diversity page

I have been invited to join the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Form at Imperial.

It has been four years since I have been involved in EDI groups in HE. Coming back into the structures I notice the increased interest in how religion is just one of often several ‘protected characteristics’ in a person’s life.

The overlap of diferent aspects of identity is now being talked about as ‘intersectionality’.

Intersectionality considers that the various forms of what it sees as social stratification, such as class, race, sexual orientation, age, disability and gender, do not exist separately from each other but are complexly interwoven. (from Wikipedia)

As the College is preparing a policy to improve the experience of students and staff who are transgender, I gathered some links to UK-based LGBT+ groups for different world faiths. These are some of the places where religion ‘intersects’ with sexuality and transgender. Please share the links with those who might find them useful.

Imaan  is the long established Muslim LGBT+ network and support agency.

The national Jewish LGBT+ organisation goes by the local title Gay Jews in London.

For the intersection of Christian faith with transgender and sexuality check out:

Diverse Church  is an LGBT+ support network originating from HE Chaplaincy and a university LGBT+ student society

And there is a wealth of information and links at Transgender Christians.



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