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Transgender priest preaches at National Cathedral

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WASHINGTON (WHDH) - A local priest made history by becoming the first openly transgender priest to give a sermon at a national cathedral on Sunday.

Reverend Cameron Partridge stood at the Canterbury pulpit at the Washington National Cathedral to deliver a morning sermon.

Partridge is the Episcopal chaplain at Boston University and he wanted to share a message of acceptance. Partridge recalled being an openly gay woman 13 years ago before transitioning to a male identity, and said transgendered people often have suffered "intense oppression, isolation and despair."

"So often the worlds we live in have either failed to see us have stared at us or have sought to erase us," Partridge said. "I'm moved by how our decisions are calling us into a deeper awareness of the mystery of the human person."

The 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 Associated Press contributed to this report.

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