A recent study has found that those who identify as transgender are actually more likely to attend church consistently than are those who identify as homosexual or heterosexual.
Christian Today reports that the study was undertaken by Paul A. Djupe of Denison University and is titled “Cooperative Congressional Election Study.”
Contrary to public opinion, the study has revealed that transgender people are often religiously affiliated and, in fact, they have better church attendance records than other groups of people.
"LGBT Americans are not irreligious and they are spread around the many religious traditions in the United States, especially but not nearly exclusively in non-Christian and non-religious groups," Djupe said.
As far as church attendance, the study noted, "Heterosexuals average attending just over 'a few times a year,' while gay men attend just under that mark. Lesbians attend at a slightly higher rate than gay men and are indistinguishable from bisexuals. The highest attendance rates are among transgender Americans who attend just above 'once or twice a month.'"
Additionally, of the transgenders who identified as Christian, 44 percent say they are “born again” or “evangelical.”
The group More Light by Presbyterians encourages Christians to welcome transgenders into their congregations:
"Remember that transgender people come to church for the same reasons you do: a connection to God in a loving community where worship and working for equality and justice are the focus of the Christian experience," the group said.
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Publication date: March 22, 2017