Christina Beardsley was born in rural Yorkshire, studied at Sussex and Cambridge universities and after theological college moved to her first post in Portsmouth diocese. The lived as an out gay man during the early part of her ministry, and since her transition has worked as a hospital chaplain. Christina is married to her long-time partner and husband Robert, and has been an active campaigner for LGBTI issues with Changing Attitude, as well as being involved with the Sybils transgender support group.
“I woke up in the early hours and I had this very strong sense that I had to say in a sermon the next day, God loves me including the fact that I’m gay. Ooh, alright. So I went back to sleep. Woke up in the morning and as we were getting dressed, I said to Rob, ‘I’ve had these words in the night and I really think I should- I think I should say this today in the sermon, ‘God loves me, including the fact that I’m gay.’ He said, ‘ Are you sure he meant you to say that?’ I said, ‘well, I’m not sure, not 100% sure, but I’ll know when I get there.’
“She came to see me about something to do with Sunday School and she said, ‘I think it’s fantastic that you’ve come out,’ she said, ‘because it’s wonderful to see a gay man in a caring role.’ And as she went away, I thought, I didn’t say I was a man. So that was the beginning of the dawning realisation that I hadn’t got there”
You can hear Christina’s story here.