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Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, the Episcopal chaplain at Boston University, is the first openly transgender priest to preach from the Washington National Cathedral.
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Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, the Episcopal chaplain at Boston University, is the first openly transgender priest to preach from the Washington National Cathedral.

Sundays' sermon at Washington National Cathedral was delivered by the the first openly transgender Episcopal priest to speak from Canterbury pulpit.

The Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, the Episcopal chaplain at Boston University, was a guest preacher this morning's service.

His message focused on the oppression that people in the LGBT community feel, often times and especially within the church. Partridge told the congregation that one of the best ways to combat the feelings of guilt, loneliness and depression they feel is through friendships and being active in a comforting community. He said through openness, honesty and love, people can overcome oppression.

The service included readings and prayers from members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the cathedral, says he hopes Partridge's appearance "will send a symbolic message in support of greater equality for the transgender community.''

The Right Rev. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, presided at the service. The event is part of the cathedral's celebration of LGBT pride month.

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