Andrew James Blair was born Anne Bennett on 20th January 1954 and is a female to male transsexual. Due to ill health and age, Andrew is no longer in active Ministry as Priest in the Celtic Catholic community but now serves on the Ministry Team of Hope Uniting Church Maroubra.
Andrew was born in Sedgley, England and migrated to Australia on New Year’s Day 1967 where he grew up in the bush with his brother and sister. He became a ‘born again Christian” while on retreat given by the Lawrence Parish of the Maclean Baptist Church. About a year later he began to experience epilepsy and the fixation that he was lesbian because of his attraction to women. After graduating high school in 1971 Andrew trained as a nurse during 1972 at the Prince of Wales hospital in Randwick NSW, but this career ended in July that year by a seizure whilst on duty.
Andrew married his husband in August of 1972 with the belief that living the supposed normal life would take care of the issues of sexuality. Married for 24 years before separation, Andrew and his husband had two children one is gay and in a long-term relationship and the other is married with four children, ranging from 16 years to a University aged sibling.
Throughout Andrew's life as a stay-at-home parent, he was always active in whatever denomination he found himself, mostly as a Catechist or Lector, sometimes as a Chorister. In the early 1980s Andrew’s family converted to Catholicism and he obtained his Certificate A in Religious Education and began serving as a Liturgist, Lector and Adult Faith Educator--positions he held until his transition in 1998.
At the beginning of 1994, Andrew had developed bi-polar affective disorder resulting from brain damage due to epilepsy. During this period, he began to realise his manhood. During his transition Andrew returned to study and obtained a BA in Psych/Philosophy and upon completion in 1998 went on to obtain a certificate III in telephone counselling before volunteering for the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service of NSW. He left there when the Service moved to a more inaccessible suburb.
In September 1998, Andrew met his future wife Jessica at the Gender Centre and became engaged New Year’s Day 1999. They were united in a Service of Holy Union in the Uniting Church in August that year. In May of 2003, Andrew and Jessica were legally married in a Nuptial Mass at the Pro Cathedral of Saint John the Beloved - then the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Australia.
It is now 17 years since their legal marriage. In the interval Andrew has worked voluntarily with the terminally ill as an Art Therapist but now requires more time for his current ministry. Andrew’s current ministry as a Member of the Ministry Team includes Leading, Preaching and overseeing and guiding the over 65 bible Study. Andrew began writing Apologetics for Queer Christianity in the late 90s and now continues writing Liberation Theology and is currently involved in a project to foster an honest reading of the Quran.
Andrew is Jessica’s full-time caregiver and, while at home, he designs and administers the following:
(This biographical statement provided by Andrew Blair.)
Biography Date: July, 2005; rev June 2021
Catholic (Ecumenical (EEC), United Ecumenical (UEC)) | International Human Rights | Trans activism | Australia
“Andrew Blair | Profile”, LGBTQ Religious Archives Network, accessed October 18, 2021, https://lgbtqreligiousarchives.org/profiles/andrew-blair.