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Transgender Priest is First to Preach at National Cathedral: VIDEO

Screenshot 2014-06-23 14.14.26The first openly transgender to preach at D.C.’s National Cathedral spoke from the Canterbury Pulpit this past Sunday in celebration of the Cathedral’s National Pride Month. A lecturer at Harvard University Divinity School and an Episcopal chaplain at Boston University, The Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge is one of seven currently open trans clergy members in the Episcopal Church.

“As we behold one another in these days of celebration may we honor the way we sustain each other,” Partridge said to congregants. “I am moved by how our decisions are calling us into deeper awareness of the mystery of the human person.”

As a part of the Cathedral’s efforts to further promote acceptance and openness, Sunday’s service also included prayers and readings from members of the LGBT community. Reverend Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop, presided over the service.

“The message that indeed God loves God’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender children is desperate needed to be heard,” he said after the ceremony. “The most important person to hear the message of inclusion is that person who has been told for years at a time that God abhors them.”

Listen to an excerpt of The Rev. Dr. Partridge’s ceremony AFTER THE JUMP...



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  1. Why it's always presented as a step forward when LGBT people make forays into religion is beyond me.

    Posted by: Zell | Jun 23, 2014 10:55:21 PM

  2. Zell, because if we don't reach across the aisle (as much as I do abhor some religious zealots), we will just continue polarize the crazy religious groups against us; the goal should be to neutralize all homophobia in all of society, even if one isn't personally religious.

    Posted by: B | Jun 23, 2014 11:42:06 PM

  3. Zell,

    LGBT people have never made any forays into religion or done anything else -- because there is no such thing as "LGBT people." That concept was invented in order to artificially link LGBs with transgenders. It's a fraud.

    As for this transgender, I think he/she is well suited for the job. Religion requires a degree of detachment from reality, the ability to believe in things that contradict the observable evidence. Living the life of a Transgender is excellent practice for the priesthood.

    Posted by: KidJ/NYU | Jun 23, 2014 11:55:06 PM

  4. @ KIDJ/NYU - the observable evidence is that you are a prick.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jun 24, 2014 12:52:20 AM

  5. Tragic and pathetic that he suffers from this mental illness - his religious belief.

    Surely he has received an education and knows that 'God' is a fictional maniac and that belief in it is an act of wilfful stupidity.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jun 24, 2014 3:54:12 AM

  6. WELL! Isn't it reassuring to see from the postings here that hate and intolerance are just as alive and well inside the LGBT community as elsewhere?

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Jun 24, 2014 5:55:59 AM

  7. Daniel you noob.

    No one is born religious. They're just brainwashed to be.

    Are you middle aged from the 20th century with a gut you can't get rid of?

    Well then....march on towards Jesus then lol

    Posted by: Heartboy | Jun 24, 2014 6:30:58 AM

  8. Daniel you noob.

    No one is born religious. They're just brainwashed to be.

    Are you middle aged from the 20th century with a gut you can't get rid of?

    Well then....march on towards Jesus then lol

    Posted by: Heartboy | Jun 24, 2014 6:30:58 AM

  9. Daniel - if you make the lifestyle choice to believe in the genocidal sky fairy known as 'god' despite the complete lack of evidence for its existence then you absolutely deserve contempt and scorn.

    Being religious is a choice. Sexual orientation is not.

    This priest is an idiot of the highest order.

    Didn't he get an education. How on earth can he believe in that 'god' thing?

    Posted by: MaryM | Jun 24, 2014 6:57:26 AM

  10. @ MaryM - if believing in a divine being makes him happy, how are you being hurt? He can believe what he wants and so can you. You certainly are saying things like "idiot" and that he has mental illness. You sound damn mad, so what is the reason? If you desire to share your belief system, you did that in the second sentence of your first comment. Why go on?

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jun 24, 2014 7:18:10 AM

  11. I'm not saying he is not free to believe in whatever fairytales he wishes.

    The respect that religious belief enjoys in this country is utterly disgraceful.

    Belief in 'god' makes no more sense than an adult believing in Santa Claus.

    We need to start addressing these idiots properly.

    This man believes that a fictional murderous maniac ('God'- the thing who performed genocide against the 1st born of every Egyptian) is a higher power. THAT is an act of wilful stupifity that deserves contempt.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jun 24, 2014 7:26:20 AM

  12. Does anyone here believe that Barack Obama actually believes in 'god'?

    The trouble is that atheists are the least trusted section of society thanks to the religious addiction this country suffers from.

    It's time for atheists to stand up and proudly say to religious folk - 'Your belieds are an act of wilfful, deliberate stupidity.'

    Posted by: MaryM | Jun 24, 2014 7:28:32 AM

  13. After reading these posts, it's not surprising that Atheists are the least trusted religious group in this country.

    Keep speaking guys! Just as Christians can be their own worst enemies, so too can Atheists.

    Oh, and just to set the record straight, President Obama is a self-processed Christian. He establishes that in both of his memoirs. He, like most Christians, doesn't believe in wearing his faith on his sleeve. Keeping it private shows stronger faith than posting childish, anonymous rants on the internet.

    Posted by: Hopeful Thought | Jun 24, 2014 8:54:45 AM

  14. It makes me sad that this blog is constantly bombarded with gay folks spewing hate towards everyone else. I get irritated to by the religious right, by how monolithic religion is in our country too.
    And trans folks have been part of our movement since the beginning or do you not understand who was at stonewall?
    If you don't like religion then don't practice it. If you find it too prevasive in out society then fight that. But do not attack people for their religious beliefs. It is counterproductive. Look at history if you do not believe me.
    If you do not like trans people then don't associate with them. But calling them names, dehumanizing them just makes you look bad not them. It also discredits this movement. We have enough people attacking us from the outside without us fighting among ourselves about who belongs and who is worthy or our support.
    If you are unhappy about your life, and you rage filled posts sure indicate that, then do something about it. Stop scapegoating others in our community. They are not responsible for your misery. You are.

    Posted by: Liam | Jun 24, 2014 9:34:07 AM

  15. Obama is lying - he is too smart to believe in that 'god' f***er.

    By the way I am not spewing hate.

    I am pointing out the FACT that religious belief is an act of deliberate, wilful stupidity.

    There is no 'god'. There is no evidence for 'god'.

    Belief in 'god' is a lifestyle choice.

    I am not attempting to criminalise or punish people for their wilful stupidity / belief in that 'god' thing.

    Religion is like cancer - it sucks all that is good out of a person.

    I urge this priest to seek treatment for his mental illness.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jun 24, 2014 10:07:57 AM

  16. Liam, you don't understand who was at Stonewall. It wasn't a bunch of trangenders. It was LGBs, some of whom were in drag. Drag queens are not transgender. There was one 1 actual transgender there, and he did not identify as trans until years later.

    And BTW, our identity is not determined by the make up of a crowd on a street corner 45 years ago. The lone pre-transgender mentioned above was also a prostitute and a heroin addict. It doesn't follow that LGBs in 2014 now must accept a common identity with hookers and smack users.

    Use your brain, you reactionary dumbass.

    Posted by: KidJ/NYU | Jun 24, 2014 1:18:50 PM

  17. Ignore KIDJ/NYU - it's merely another alias of this site's most pathetic wimp of a troll.
    He uses many screen names because he's an insecure coward who needs internet anonymity to spew his bile.

    Posted by: Ignore the Trolls | Jun 24, 2014 1:25:25 PM

  18. Sometimes the comments are more intriguing than the story.

    Posted by: Alexander | Jun 24, 2014 3:11:03 PM

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