Committee profiles – Dr Claire Jenkins

Maha 2 28052015 (2)Claire Jenkins is a 67 year old transsexual woman and a convert to the Catholic Church. She was married with 4 children until she transitioned from male to female at 50 years of age. In 2013 she was awarded a PhD from the University of Sheffield for her research into the effect of transitioning on the family members of transsexual people. She promoted transgender equality in the trade union movement as vice chair of the NUT LGBT advisory group for nearly 20 years, and is a former Director of Relate.  Claire also has 22 years secondary school teaching experience, 12 of which were as the deputy headteacher in a socially disadvantaged Midlands ex-mining town, this latter employment she loved but was forced to leave in order to transition.

(In her short time with Quest, Claire has already made a substantial contribution. Together with Ruby Almeida our chair, she met with Bishop Patrick McKinney of Nottingham – and returned later for a follow up meeting, with  the bishop and some members of Quest East Midlands local group, where a “Year of Mercy” diocesan Mass for LGBT inclusion was agreed for October 2016. At the time of writing, she was preparing to join a panel with Fr Keith Baltrup and one other, to speak to Catholic Voices about being trans in the Catholic Church. She will also be presenting a workshop at conference 2016 in Scarborough – Terry, webeditor).