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What role can a trans or non-binary person’s family and other allies play to support and assure them that they are loved by God and worthy of God’s grace?

What role can a trans or non-binary person’s family and other allies play to support and assure them that they are loved by God and worthy of God’s grace?

The role of family is critically important in supporting a transgender or non-binary person’s acceptance and growth in their faith and authentic identity. PFLAG is a particularly good organization for parents, other family and allies to share support stories and work together to eliminate instances of discrimination faced by their trans and non-binary family members.

They should reinforce the positive passages in the Bible that support them, including Jesus’ encouragement of inclusion and acceptance of those who live in gender diverse ways. They should familiarize themselves with the UK Catholic Ethicist David Albert Jones, who argues for “discernment/pastoral accompaniment” and that gender identity may be seen as “something given by God” and not sinful nor objectively disordered.