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Cameron Partridge preaches Cathedral sermon as first openly transgender bishop

In honor of LGBT Pride Month, Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge preached a moving sermon at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. Formally, a woman, the Episcopalian pastor became the first openly transgender priest to preach at the historic cathedral, citing an updated June 23 WJLA news report.

Washington National Cathedral (file photo)
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Rev. Cameron Partridge, an Episcopal chaplain at Boston University, made history after preaching a sermon at the Washington National Cathedral. Before a packed house of attendees, Partridge spoke passionately about issues pertaining to gays, lesbians and transgender community members in America.

Partridge, invited by The Right Rev. Gene Robinson -- who made history himself by becoming the first openly-gay priest -- preached about the plight of the LGBT community from a historical perspective. As an openly gay woman 13 years ago, before transitioning into a male, Dr. Partridge preached on how those with non-traditional or conservative sexual identities endured "intense oppression, isolation and despair."

However, the transgender bishop offered a sense of optimism by highlighting the changes society has gone through over the years in a move towards acceptance in transgender citizens. In a way, the Episcopal Church has been somewhat of a barometer for religious freedom and Progressive ideologies. Arguably, it has moved almost lockstep with the recent trends in how bureaucracies, public figures and society at large think about LGBT members.

So, Cameron Partridge preaches a sermon at the National Cathedral in Washington and effectively made history at the historic institution. At this time, there has been no response from conservative talking heads, but that will likely change in the days ahead. Still, his presence underscores how societal views have evolved over time.

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