Religious groups’ policies on transgender members vary widely
Religious institutions are starting to formally address the participation of transgender people in their congregations, much as they have with the issue of accepting homosexuals.
Just recently, the Union for Reform Judaism approved afar-reaching resolution on the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming people, affirming its “commitment to the full equality, inclusion and acceptance of people of all gender identities and gender expressions.”
For the last few days the Philip Mould showroom in London has been displaying a recently discovered portrait of the so-called “Patron Saint of Transvestites,” the Chevalier D’Éon. Dating from 1792 it is believed to be the earliest surviving formal portrait of a male transvestite though, at first, the painting was believed to be of a masculine-looking, middle-aged woman. Recent restoration and cleaning revealed a distinct five-o’clock shadow and further investigations concluded this was actually a documented portrait of D’Éon by the English theatrical painter Thomas Stewart, lost since 1926...more