ABBI (Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International) defines an affirming church as one that says to an LGBT+ person, “You and your partner are welcome here. Be a part of our community. What gifts do you bring to serve God and our church?”
In relation to the journey from being unwelcoming to LGBT+ affirming:
“This journey will be one of a number of years for a church. No one moves from being anti-gay to LGBT-affirming overnight. This is even more true for a church or denomination. It’s like a giant ocean cargo vessel changing course. The journey cannot be taken without involvement with LGBT people. No conversation about us without us.”
Stonewall says: It’s time for proud straight allies everywhere to speak out about how we can all help improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people everywhere. To be an LGBT ally is easy. If you agree in equality and fair treatment in society of people who identify as LGBT then already you are an ally. But really, as nice and as comfortable as it may be for you to sit at home and wish and will the world to be a better, fairer, more inclusive place, there is much more you can do than simply lend your passive support to LGBT causes.
“Silent allies aren’t of much use” – said in a public meeting in Belfast by a member of the LGBT+ Christian community who has worked all his life for LGBT+ inclusion in the church in Ireland.
Transitioning is a process of changing one’s birth sex to more accurately align with one’s gender identity. It is a complex process which occurs over a long period of time. Transition can include some or all of the following personal, legal and medical changes: telling one’s family; changing one’s name and/or sex on legal documents; changing pronouns; hormone treatment; surgery, etc.
It’s not necessary to transition in order to identify as trans. Transition is a personal matter. While someone may choose to disclose some of their transition history, it’s normally considered rude and inappropriate to ask without being invited to do so.