Ask the Archbishop



In our new series, agony uncle Justin Welby answers your questions.

Questions should be addressed to:
The Most Reverend, the Archbishop of Canterbury,
Lambeth Palace, 
London SE1 7JU



Dear Archbishop,

My little boy (he will be five in January) has recently developed an interest in my Janet Regers. He dresses up in my bra and panties and parades himself in front of relations and visitors. I find this rather embarrassing. What should I do?


Tunbridge Wells


Dear Emma,

I am sure that there is nothing to be alarmed about. Statistics show that an increasing number of little boys (and girls) are showing an early interest in cross-dressing. We in the Church of England believe that everyone – including the totties – should be enabled freely to discover who they really are.  After all, we are all made in the image of God (what we theologians call the ‘imago Dei’) and have a right to explore all possibilities for ourselves.

Does it matter if your child grows up to be Superman or Greyson Perry, as long as they have a fulfilled and happy life as the person they want be? What a dull world it would be if we all turned out to be the same!

Trust me, I am a theologian. We theologians are coming to see that sound theology and genuine humanity go hand in hand.

Your task is surely truly to accompany your child on his journey. If he likes pink give him pink, I say!

I write as a father myself, and believe me,

Your friend,


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