My name is Alex Clare-Young. I’m transgender. I’m Christian. I’m human.
I was ordained to ministry in the United Reformed Church this Summer and Inducted to the role of Community Leader at Peter’s House, Hull. I am also undertaking doctoral research on trans/non-conforming theology. I previously completed a music degree and worked as a Student Worker at St. Peter’s House Church and Chaplaincy in Manchester. I have also volunteered and worked freelance with Stonewall, the Proud Trust and Diversity Role Models on LGBT+ advocacy and education.
I have given papers at several conferences on transgender identity, and am currently in the process of writing a book about what it means to be transgender and Christian; which combines some of my story with some theology and practical advice. I also write regularly for Christian blogs and magazines on transgender identities, and hope to continue to develop a positive relationship with the media.
So why am I here? Well, I am called to Christian ministry but I am also called, within that wider calling, to help people who are grappling with transgender identity. On the one hand, I would like to help organisations, churches and schools that are starting to feel the need to understand these identities. On the other hand, I would like to help transgender individuals, who are finding it difficult to integrate their gender identity and their spiritual life.
Why me? My main qualification for this task is that I am transgender. I began my transition from female towards male almost a decade ago. It was not straightforward, and I have been hurt and oppressed by those who think of transgender identity as a problem. I have come through the other side of those struggles, though, and would like to help others to do likewise. Let’s seek to understand and celebrate human identities, and work together to create communities of people formed in the image of God.