After the U.S. Department of Education called for schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their gender identity, 100 pastors in Ohio wrote a letter calling on a change to the law and vowing civil disobedience. The pastors from Richland County argued that the mandate defied logic and could lead to privacy concerns.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
The transgender bathroom issue isn’t going away any time soon, and church leaders need to balance safety concerns in their congregation with the high suicide rates of transgender individuals.
- Bathroom Solutions? Are there simple solutions at your church that eliminate the need for this debate in the first place, such as a single bathroom that men or women can use?
- Suicide Rates: A transgender Ohio teen in a religious family recently committed suicide alongside a highway after her family rejected her. How do we keep transgender people safe in the midst of this debate?
- Drawing Lines? If members of your church don’t feel safe, how do pastors draw lines here with the law and their church?
Is this is an issue where it’s worthwhile to consult an expert for help with either your building design or your compliance with local laws?
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