Dr Claire Jenkins

Senior Fellow in Catholic Education

Dr Claire Jenkins is a trans woman and convert to the Catholic Church. She was married with four children until in 1999 she transitioned from male to female at 50-years-old. Prior to this Claire was a Deputy Headteacher of a secondary school. 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. Subsequently she has advised a number of research projects and has spoken at Catholic and university conferences. Currently she actively involved in the pastoral care to LGBT Catholics where she coordinates a team (lay and ordained) who carry out this important work within her diocese. She also gives ongoing support to LGBT Moslem asylum seekers and refugees some of whom have become her close friends. Importantly she currently belongs to a small working party who advises the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales about transgender issues.  In May 2020 Claire was awarded a Senior Fellowship at Margaret Beaufort Institute, Cambridge where she is researching Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) young people’s experiences in Catholic schools.   This work has now been developed into a research project which will take place over the next few years.


  • JENKINS, C. 2019a. Critique of Vatican document on Male and Female He created them. Academia.edu.
  • JENKINS, C. 2019b. Male and female he created them? -a perspective on the transgender phenomenon for the Catholic church. Academia.edu.
  • JENKINS, C. 2015. Blessings and Beatings – a tale of two transsexual women and the Christian church. Birkbeck College, University of London
  • JENKINS, C. 2012. Straddling the scalpel of identity : a critical study of transsexual transition in a familial context. Doctor of Philosophy, Univerity of Sheffield.
  • JENKINS, C. 2008. Straddling the scalpel of identity, my earliest memory. In: DEPALMA, R. & ATKINSON, E. (eds.) Invisible Boundaries. Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books.
  • JENKINS, C. 2020. Loss and gain amid the fragility of life. The Tablet. London: The Tablet Publishing Company Ltd.
  • JONES, D. A. & JENKINS, C. 2019. Faithfully Transgender. The Pastoral Review. London: The Tablet Publishing Co Ltd.