Two weeks from today, in a service celebrating LGBT Pride Month, Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge will become the first openly transgender priest to preach at the historic Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay person to be consecrated as bishop in a mainline Christian denomination, will officiate.
The Cathedral announced the news in a press release:
The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, announced today that the Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, the Episcopal chaplain at Boston University, will be the guest preacher on Sunday, June 22... [the service] will also include readings and prayers offered by members of the local LGBT community.
"Cameron Partridge is a priest of great intellect, pastoral presence, and possesses a deep passion for the Gospel. We are excited for him to preach at the Cathedral," said Dean Hall. "As an advocate both within the Church and wider community, Cameron's presence in the pulpit, I hope, will also send a symbolic message in support of greater equality for the transgender community, which suffers from acts of violence, discrimination, unemployment, homelessness, and financial inequality. We at Washington National Cathedral are striving to send a message of love and affirmation, especially to LGBT youth who suffer daily because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. We want to proclaim to them as proudly and unequivocally as we can: Your gender identity is good and your sexual orientation is good because that's the way that God made you."
For an extensive profile of Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, check out this great piece at Religion & Politics by writer and Bilerico guest blogger Becky Garrison.