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Church of England's first 'queer' priest expresses desire to 'normalize' identity among children

A gender queer non-binary Anglican priest in the UK is on record claiming to use the clerical position in hopes of “normalizing” such behavior among children.

“I try to be involved, not just in my religious work, but outside of it, with local LGBT youth secular groups,” said the Rev. Bingo Allison, a Church of England priest in the Diocese of Liverpool who identifies as gay and uses “they/they” pronouns, according to an interview with the Liverpool Echo.

“One of the biggest things is just being a visual representation in my community and going to schools and holding assemblies and making a huge difference in normalizing this for kids. When I’m wearing my collar, I tell the kids that it’s okay and that there is a place in the church and in the outside world for people like me,” added Allison.

Allison, who claims to be the first non-binary queer priest in England’s established church, claimed to have discovered a biblical basis for gender fluidity during an evening reading of Genesis 1:27, which recounts how God created humans male and female.

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Rev.  Bingo Allison, who claims to be the first non-binary priest in England's established church, claimed that God revealed the fluid nature of gender during an evening reading from Genesis.

Rev. Bingo Allison, who claims to be the first non-binary priest in England’s established church, claimed that God revealed the fluid nature of gender during an evening reading from Genesis.
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“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them,” reads the verse, which Allison maintains expresses “maleness for femaleness” rather than male and female.

Allison described the revelation as “a deepening spiritual experience” whereby God “was leading me to this new truth about myself”.

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“One of the things that has stuck with my ministry ever since is that transitioning and leaving can and should be a spiritual experience as well as an emotional, social and sometimes physical one,” Allison told the British outlet. “There is something beautiful about growing up as we were created to be and growing into our authentic selves.”

“When I’m wearing my collar, the kids know it’s okay…”

— Rev. Bingo Allison

A third-generation priest and father of three who was ordained at Liverpool Cathedral in 2020, Allison claimed to have grown up in a “strongly religious” family and believed that homosexuality and transgender behavior was a “sinful thing”.

But after learning the term “gender-queer” about seven years ago, Allison said “everything suddenly clicked.”

The Rev.  Bingo Allison was ordained at Liverpool Cathedral in Liverpool, England in September 2020.

The Rev. Bingo Allison was ordained at Liverpool Cathedral in Liverpool, England in September 2020.
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“It was a lot harder than I thought coming out and staying in the closet,” Allison said. “Definitely, many times before I’ve kind of questioned my identity, but growing up in a more conservative form of Christianity meant that that was way beyond my imagination.”

In a sermon commemorating the 2021 Trans Day of Visibility, Allison compared the plight of transgender people to the suffering of the martyrs mentioned in Hebrews chapter 11 in the New Testament.

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Calvin Robinson, an Anglican deacon in the breakaway Free Church of England who recently told Fox News Digital that his ordination in the Church of England was “snatched away” because of his conservative theological views, condemned Allison’s positions and urged others to “claim her heresy and blasphemy”.

“Challenge the Church’s apparent apostasy,” Robinson said. “Don’t resort to ad hominem attacks. We know how this story goes. The conversation shifts from truth/lie to ‘bullying’.”

“You can predict like clockwork,” continued Robinson. “In a week or so he will be back in the headlines of left-wing newspapers, saying he has been abused and targeted for his appearance. The Church of England will not berate him for his mistakes, instead they will double down and say he needs to be even more inclusive Pray for his wife and children and the terrible time he must be going through this scandal.

A Church of England spokesman referred Fox News Digital to the Diocese of Liverpool, which did not respond to a request for comment by the time of publication.

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petition boxes urging the Church of England to scrap its controversial transgender orientation for primary schools was delivered to Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s palace in London last month.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby before delivering his Easter sermon at Canterbury Cathedral on April 17, 2022, in Canterbury, England.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby before delivering his Easter sermon at Canterbury Cathedral on April 17, 2022, in Canterbury, England.
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Critics claim the guidance maintains that children up to age 5 should be affirmed in the opposite sex if they identify with it, although the Church of England has said the guidance “is intended to be a document to prevent bullying, so that all children receive their dignity.”

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Several Church of England bishops have publicly urged the institution in recent months to start performing same-sex marriages, and the church is due to vote on the issue during its general synod in February.

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