|the new gender neutral restroom at
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Salem, OR
(note: the term 'transvestite' is crossed out
because it is now considered derogatory)
The white board with all the notes from this quick overview was left up all week, in the main meeting room of the church. All the regular groups who meet there saw it, and it provoked a good deal of discussion on its own. At staff meeting, on Wednesday, the parish administrator said that she had heard lots of people talking about it. A few staff members chimed in and said they were curious, too. I volunteered to answer any questions they might have, and off we went. Eventually the conversation turned to welcoming queer folks at St. Paul’s, and we arrived at the conversation at the beginning of this post. I had mentioned that one of the most contested issues for trans people is bathrooms, and our liturgical co-ordinator asked the opening question of this post.
The Reverend Shelly Fayette, formerly the Interim Associate Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Salem, Oregon, is the new Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Seattle, WA. Congratulations, Shelly!