The United Methodist Church — a mainline Protestant denomination boasting some 12 million members worldwide — has commissioned its first brazenly “non-binary trans person” as a deacon.
The newly-minted “non-binary trans” deacon is the Rev. M Barclay, according to United Methodist News Service.
That’s her first name: M. She’s a woman — born with the name Mary Ann Kaiser — who refuses to identity as either female or male. She’s totally just neutral.
Also, she wants everyone to use plural pronouns — they, them and theirs — to refer to her.
Barclay received her commission as a provisional deacon from the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church on June 4.