Modern Believing

A FAITH SECTOR EQUALITY DUTY: HOW AND WHY THE CHURCH COULD AND SHOULD ADOPT THE PUBLIC SECTOR EQUALITY DUTY TO INVIGORATE THE RIGHTS OF TRANS PEOPLE IN THE UK

Modern Believing (2017), 58, (4), 343–360.

Abstract

Despite recent legislative and policy improvements regarding transgender equality, levels of awareness and understanding vary significantly. The Equality Act 2010 extended protection of trans rights through the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), forming part of what Cathi Albertyn terms ‘transformative equality’. The Church constitutes the statistically major faith group in the UK, with the Church of England holding the greatest claim to quasi-public status. This paper therefore proposes that the Church of England volunteers to bring itself into line with the public sector by adopting its own version of the PSED, or a ‘Faith Sector Equality Duty’. Commitment to such an overarching ethos would effectively constitute an optimal form of ‘enforced self-regulation’ and so invigorate the rights of trans people in the UK.

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Worthley, Andrew

Worthley, Andrew