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What are some of the ways that Church teaching and practice negatively impact transgender and non-binary people?

What are some of the ways that Church teaching and practice negatively impact transgender and non-binary people?

The aforementioned documents and statements from Church officials and institutions have a sobering, destructive impact on the self-image and health of trans and non-binary Catholics. Vatican guidance to the Catholic education systems denies these individuals the ability to dress, be acknowledged by their preferred names and pronouns, and restricts their access to bathrooms and locker rooms consonant with their gender identity. These systems are also authorized to discriminate in the employment of trans and non-binary persons, prohibit LGBTQI/Straight Cisgender alliances and the teaching of sex and gender except subject matter that reinforces the sex/gender binary.

Catholic churches feel empowered to discriminate in the participation of trans and non-binary persons in parish ministries (e.g. choir, Eucharistic ministers, lectors). In addition, the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey administered by the National Center for Transgender Equality reported that 39% of trans people left their church due to a fear of rejection and fully 18% were actually told to leave the congregation.

Catholic health care facilities are instructed by the “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services” issued in July 2018 by the USCCB not to engage in material cooperation in actions that are deemed “intrinsically immoral” or “evil”, including any form of “direct sterilization”.