TransEpiscopal joins its voice with the LGBTQ Caucus in congratulating Julia Ayala Harris on her historic election as President of the House of Deputies. President-elect Ayala Harris, a first generation Mexican American, will be the first Latina to serve in this role and the first deputy of color to serve as President since Charles Lawrence who served from 1976-1985. Her election also marks an important generational shift in the leadership of the Episcopal Church, made possible, as President Jennings emphasized in her sermon this morning, by the fact that this role has finally become a compensated position. In candidate forums leading up to today’s vote, President-elect Ayala Harris spoke strongly of her commitment to being an ally to the LGBTIQ community. We ourselves experienced that allyship when several members of TransEpiscopal’s steering committee presented at the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council last January. We look forward to working with her in the years to come, as the Episcopal Church takes up the work ahead of it to fully support trans and non-binary people at all levels of the Church’s life.
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