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June 11, 2019 CourierMail exerpt


 

 

The Courier Mail reported, “Reverend Josephine Inkpin, [ R above]who was born Jonathan Inkpin, [and remains married to his wife – another Anglican priest. L above] spoke at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School at Corinda in Brisbane’s western suburbs to promote the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. 

[Who comes up with these days? I guess its similar to the International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day….]

Inkpin, a lecturer in theology, also spoke of her transition from a man to a woman.

The whole school assembly did not have an opt-out option and no warning was given regarding the controversial matter.

The article reads, “Some parents said this was ‘sexualised, (and) highly controversial subject matter’. The school and the church hotly dispute this.

Arethusa Christian College at Spring Hill also hosted this ‘transgender priest’.

 

Exposing kids to this ideological agenda is not up to the school. Parents send their kids to school for an education, not indoctrination.

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Prominent Anglican Transgender Minister Josephine Inkpin reflects on journey

ABC Southern Qld

ABC  2 Aug 2018, 8:09am

 

Josephine inside a Church during her new naming ceremony.

PHOTO: Ms Inpkin says the Anglican Church has been very supportive during her transition. (Supplied: Jo Inkpin)

 

Three years ago, Anglican minister Josephine Inkpin finally made the decision to live openly as a woman, to stay married and stay a priest.

“I’ve never really felt comfortable with myself as male from a very early age but I could never really put the words to it,” said Ms Inkpin, now 58 and working as a theology lecturer in Brisbane.

Named Jonathan Inkpin at birth, she grew up in a conservative rural area in England before moving to Australia with her wife and two children in 2001.

Prior to her transition, Ms Inkpin was a minister on Queensland’s Darling Downs, based in Toowoomba at Saint Luke’s Anglican Church between 2010 and 2017.

But for almost her entire life she never felt comfortable in her own skin. She thought it was a normal struggle that others faced.

“It was really hard to make sense of that,” she said.

 

Jo sitting in a local park in Toowoomba in 2018.

PHOTO: Ms Inkpin says watching a film on a long haul flight changed her life. (Supplied: Jo Inkpin)

Moving between different spaces

Ms Inkpin said when she reflected, her decision to become an Anglican priest was linked to her feelings about her gender identity.

“I think being a priest is a lovely way of being someone who can move between different spaces, so I didn’t have to be a male businessmen or something like that,” she said.

“We’re sort of like an intermediate thing, certainly from an Anglican, Catholic point of view.”

Jo Inkpin in her church robes.

 

PHOTO: Ms Inkpin says her life journey and recent decision to live as woman has made her a better Christian minister. (Supplied: Jo Inkpin)

Between the religious dress and societal function, she said there was a gender neutrality.

“There’s kind of a sense in which there’s a bit of balance of male and female,” Ms Inkpin said.

“I actually think it was partly my salvation.”

Jo Inkpin and her wife Penny before her transition

PHOTO: Ms Inkpin, right, remains married to her wife Penny who she said has been steadfast in her support throughout the transition process. (Supplied: Jo Inkpin)

Josephine Inkpin voting in the Australian marriage postal survey.

PHOTO: Ms Inkpin says when she first heard about other transgender priests overseas, a new world of possibility opened up. (Supplied: Jo Inkpin)

New door opens

When Ms Inkpin first learned about other transgender ministers in America and England, a new door suddenly opened.

“It was like an electric shock went through me and I realised that this is possible.”

Ms Inkpin believes the profound internal struggle through decades of her life, and now the challenging transition process had helped her ministering across different communities.

And while there were some who struggled with the idea, overall the Church had been supportive.

“A friend of mine said, when I get to heaven I’m going to go straight to the heavenly throne and demand ‘why [did] you make me like this?’ — and I said, I think you’ll be in a long line actually,” Ms Inkpin said.

 

 

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