Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge preached a cathedral message filled with sentiments of acceptance, hope and celebration on Sunday. What makes this particular appearance unique is that Partridge is the first openly transgender priest to ever do a service at the Washington D.C. National Cathedral. Huffington Post shared the details on Sunday.
Partridge, an Episcopal chaplain, began his transition from female to male about a decade ago. He is currently a counselor at Harvard Divinity School as well as the Episcopal Chaplain at Boston University. Sunday he spoke at the National Cathedral in honor of Pride Month. While many at the service praised the decision to have him speak, of course there were those who were unhappy with it, feeling that the church is getting too liberal and progressive.
WJLA notes that Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson presided over the service. Robinson is the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Many people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community spoke throughout Sunday's service with readings and prayers. When the service was first announced, the dean of Washington National Cathedral said that the hope was that Partridge's message would “send a symbolic message in support of greater equality for the transgender community.”
Washington National Cathedral is known for its support of the LGBT community. The community, and many would say the transgender community in particular, still struggles with acceptance in many religious circles, however. Will Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge preaching the cathedral message of acceptance and support lead to a movement of greater acceptance? That's the goal, and it's surely a journey that will move forward bit-by-bit.