Post submitted by Paul Guequierre, HRC Deputy Communications Director
HRC today denounced an anti-transgender op-ed by Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. The op-ed, which stems from California AB 1266, legislation ensuring transgender students in California’s schools are treated fairly, says being transgender is “a revolt against God’s lordship, and against the picture of the gospel that God had embedded in the creation.” This assertion is based on neither scripture nor science.
“Scripture compels us to understand one another and to grow. Mr. Moore’s words seek only to silence and further ignorance and discrimination against transgender people,” said Sharon Groves, HRC’s Director of Religion and Faith. “Transgender people are part of every faith community, from the clergy to the congregation. Mr. Moore does not speak for me, as a person of devout faith, nor does he speak for so many LGBT people and our allies.”
A growing number of mainstream health and medical associations have issued strong policy statements advocating for transgender people. Last year, the American Psychiatric Association affirmed its commitment to transgender people and in support of access to care and civil rights for transgender individuals.
“Mr. Moore speaks neither for all people of faith nor does he speak for health experts,” said Jeff Krehely, vice president of the HRC Foundation. “His words further ignorance and discrimination and add a burden to those already struggling with transgender bias.”
HRC encourages young Baptists who are struggling with their gender identity to contact the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (AWAB) for resources on the church and sexuality and gender identity.