What it’s like to be Transgender and “Catholic”
Tara Hewitt, NHS equality and diversity advisor, doesn’t believe in abortion or IVF but [is “pansexual,” supports sodomarriage and same-sex adoption, and practices BDSM (bondage, discipline and sadomasochism), “swinging” and “pet play” (dressing up as an animal for sex) and] says it doesn’t affect her job [or her faith, which is “love, mercy and forgiveness”]
30 JAN 2016
BY CRISTINA CRIDDLE
Tara Hewitt 30,from Wallasey,Wirral, talks about what it’s like to be Transgender & Catholic.
A transgender woman who converted to Catholicism speaks out about her beliefs and how it doesn’t affect her role in the NHS.
Tara Hewitt, 30, who works in the Wirral as the boroughs’s equality and diversity advisor said she is pro-life but ‘doesn’t force those views on others.’
She said:“I don’t believe in terminating life… Life starts at conception and then if you terminate life after that then you’re ending a life.
“That’s my view, I can’t have children, I don’t judge people for making their decisions – I have friends who have had abortions.”
After transitioning at the University of Liverpool, at the age of 21, Tara struggled and attempted suicide before turning to the church.
She said her attempted overdose does not affect her Catholicism.
“I do loads of things that would be classed as a sin, I live my life as me, I believe in God, I believe in the teaching.
Tara, who attends the Crypt in the Metropolitan Cathedral, described a low point in her life, turning to the church last Easter.
“I went to church as Catholics were supporting me, I felt a blanket of love, that was where I needed to be.
Tara Hewitt converting to Catholicism in Easter last year – her confirmation and reception into the church [by Liverpool FrankenBishop Malcolm McMahon]
“The distress went as I attended mass, I felt really safe and really loved so I kept going back.”
She says her church is diverse and welcoming, encouraging love and acceptance.
And, although experiencing negativity from some Catholics, Tara claims this is society’s problem.
“In religion one of the biggest challenges is people perceive the church as being separate from society, but most would say their faith is made by the people in it.
“People don’t know about trans issues, it’s not that catholics are discriminating against trans people, its just that society is discriminating against transpeople.”
She also claims the bible doesn’t focus on gender.
“With the bible there is more of a discussion on sexuality but God doesn’t have a gender – God isn’t male or female, they are both.
“When we talk about God, he’s above that.”
Tara, who lives in New Brighton, is also a pansexual, which means she is attracted to any gender.
But, although she supports gay marriage and same-sex adoption, she doesn’t believe in IVF.
“None of my views are based on sexual orientation I support love.
“Millions of people share my view but, because they aren’t trans, they aren’t targetted.
“It’s hard being right wing and trans, I get attacked from both sides.”
Tara was on the Conservative Party candidate list in the last election and came under fire when a Sun report ‘revealed’ her sexual fetishes.
Hewitt reportedly described herself as an “advocate of the BDSM (bondage, discipline and sadomasochism) community”, and into “swinging” and “pet play”, which is dressing up as an animal for sex.
She says the relationship between the individual and the church is private, so her understanding of her faith shouldn’t impact anybody else.
“The church is only focussed on you and God, we are there to talk about love mercy and forgiveness not my image.
“The church I have had and experienced isnt what people believe it to be but it still has a long way to go.”