Transgender naming ceremony

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A transgender naming ceremony is an event held to recognise a trans person's new identity.

A motion is to be put to the Church of England's General Synod calling for a new form of service to mark a person's transition. Rev Chris Newlands, vicar of Lancaster Priory, was approached by a young transgender person who wanted to be "re-baptised" in his new identity. The church's teaching is that baptism can only be done once, but the vicar created a new service as "an affirmation of baptismal vows where we could introduce him to God with his new name and his new identity." A similar service had been held for Susan Musgrove, St Andrew’s Church, Corbridge, Northumberland. [1]


  1. Keith McVeigh, "Church of England to consider transgender naming ceremony" The Guardian, 21 May 2015.