UPDATED: June 22, 2014 2:15 p.m.

WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — History for the Washington National Cathedral has been made as an openly transgender Episcopal priest spoke during Sunday’s service.

The Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, the Episcopal chaplain at Boston University, was a guest preacher – the first openly transgender priest to preach from Canterbury Pulpit at the cathedral.

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

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

The Very Ref. Gary Hall, dean of the cathedral, said he hoped Partridge’s appearance would “send a symbolic message in support of greater equality for the transgender community.”


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