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What response can a trans or non-binary person give to church officials who either recommend reparative therapy, exclude them from ministerial roles, or request that they not worship in their church?

What response can a trans or non-binary person give to church officials who either recommend reparative therapy, exclude them from ministerial roles, or request that they not worship in their church?

Under no circumstances should a trans or non-binary person agree to undergo ”reparative therapy” to attempt to change their gender identity or expression to conform to society’s expectations. Experience demonstrates that such programs fail to achieve the desired outcome and have often lead to severe depression and suicide.

If an individual is asked not to worship in their local church, they should look to find a welcoming, affirming congregation. Of course, DignityUSA’s chapters provide this environment. New Ways Ministry lists over 325 Catholic churches and faith communities that are LGBTQI inclusive.

If denied the opportunity to serve in a ministerial role, a person can serve initially in a non-ministerial role (e.g. greeter, usher) and be considered for a ministerial role in the future. Of course, if such rejection eats at the core of one’s self-worth, one should pursue another church as stated above.