From the Church

Church Weighs in on Transgender Directive from the White House


After a directive from the White House last Friday instructed schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity, the Church issued a statement weighing in on this hot topic.

Neither criticizing or endorsing President Obama's directive, Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said that the Church believes "everyone is entitled to respect" and that "all people should expect an environment of safety, dignity, and privacy in settings such as restrooms, locker rooms, changing areas, etc." 

The Church understands that this situation is "difficult and sensitive," and it is calling on public officials to create rules and laws that balance safety, privacy, and dignity while also asking Church members to be prayerful and loving toward transgender people and all of those affected by this directive.

"We believe reasonable solutions can usually be found when people of goodwill come together to find answers," Hawkins said.

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