zaterdag 15 juni 2013

Transgender and Religion

The workgroup transgender, religion, philosophy of life and ethics

The goal of the workgroup transgender, religion, philosophy of life and ethics is to build a bridge between religious transgenders, transsexuals and the different religions.

The workgroup developed a 6 step plan:

1. Research

2. Compile Transgender-Friendly Religions and Spiritual Card

3. Information and Public Relations

4. Advice and Support Transgender-Friendly Religions, Spirituale Care

5. Dialogue

6. Round Table Talks, Workshops and Lecture

The workgroup has carried out research among transgenders in the Netherlands and keeps in contact with religious, lgbt organizations, religious leaders, universities, academies and students, and gives lectures, information and advice.

The research entitled “A helping hand” shows that during the transprocess, help is not always automatically given, but also not in all cases impossible to receive from religion. Within the Christian religion, in which most of the people who were interviewed were raised, there is often very little openness towards sex changes or people who do not feel completely that they are a man or a woman. Processes of change are sometimes seriously delayed by the often unwilling attitude of religious leaders. Some of the people questioned ultimately find their way within the Christian religion or succeed in starting a dialogue with the church, and others seek support in spiritual movements such as Buddhism. The research shows the necessity of more dialogue and build up of knowledge about transsexuals, transgenders and religion

The workgroup set up Transgender Religion Global Network - Transgender Friendly Religious Alliance:

On our website you can find information, articles and websites on transgender and religion "Christian, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam in Dutch and English.

The workgroup transgender, religion, philosophy of life and ethics