Transgender priest preaches at Washington's National Cathedral
Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 02:19
The Reverend Dr. Cameron Partridge, an openly transgender episcopal priest, preaches at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. during LGBT pride month. Gavino Garay reports.
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It's a first for the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
Openly transgender Reverend Dr. Cameron Partridge delivers a sermon in celebration of the cathedral's LGBT pride month.
His call: to deepen understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual -- and particularly transgender -- community.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) REVEREND DR. CAMERON PARTRIDGE SAYING:
"I am moved by how our decisions are calling us into a deeper awareness into the mystery of the human person. For at the end of the day, to respect the dignity of every human being, as we promise in our baptismal covenant is to actively create space for the unfolding of our lifelong growth, as members of Christ's body."
Reverend Gene Robinson -- the first openly gay Episcopal bishop -- applauds his words.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) THE FIRST OPENLY GAY EPISCOPAL BISHOP, RIGHT REV. GENE ROBINSON SAYING:
"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, that God finds them objectionable and not worthy of God's love, and the message that indeed God loves God's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender children, is desperately needed to be heard by those, many of whom are young people who have been kicked out of their homes when they came out to their parents and are living on the streets of our cities."
Churchgoers are pleased with Sunday's special guest.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHURCHGOER JASON HILL SAYING:
"I think he was trying to say from the National Cathedral that the LGBT are important, that the rights of trans people are really important, that this being gay pride month that it's really important that the nation's religious organizations get behind that and speak to that, and I think that's a really important thing."
(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHURCHGOER ANN KLAVANO
"Oh I thought it was excellent. I'm currently living and teaching in Papua New Guinea, and when I brought up LBGT there they almost fall over, because it's all very closed there. So it was very wonderful to hear an open message like that."
Reverend Partridge began transitioning from female to male over a decade ago.
The Episcopal Church voted in 2012 to allow the ordination of transgender people.
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