An Openly Transgender BU Priest to Preach at DC’s National Cathedral

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The Washington National Cathedral with its lights dimmed.

Boston University’s Episcopal chaplain, the Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, is set to preach at Washington National Cathedral Sunday, June 22, as the first openly transgender priest to do so.

According to Time Magazine, Partridge will be a guest preacher at Canterbury Pulpit as part of the cathedral’s celebration of LGBT pride month.

Time reports that the Right Rev. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, will preside at the service, and there will be “readings and prayers from members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.”

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The AP reports that the Very Ref. Gary Hall, dean of the cathedral, said the following:

He hopes Partridge’s appearance “will send a symbolic message in support of greater equality for the transgender community.”

According to Religion News Service, Partridge lives outside Boston with his wife and two children.

After graduating from Harvard Divinity School, Partridge transitioned from female to male and was ordained as an Episcopal priest.