Bishop Megan Rohrer made history by becoming the first openly transgender person to serve as bishop in a major Christian church in the United States.
Rohrer, who uses the word "they," was installed as bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Sierra Pacific Synod at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.
Rohrer, who grew up in South Dakota, claimed he and his family had been victims of religious abuse. They told Cosmopolitan in an interview that in college, drunk guys would chase them with the goal of making them "not homosexual anymore." Others would quote bible scriptures claiming to say that it was better for Rohrer to die than to convince others that being homosexual was OK.
Rather of isolating them from their faith, the assault encouraged Rohrer to study religion. They claimed they'd always felt God loved them, so they wanted to know why others didn't, and they were inspired to improve their communication skills in order to change people's views.
"I was curious about, 'How can I be better about articulating my faith, or articulating how I encounter God, so that other people can see what I see?'" Rohrer said.
They hope that by sharing their experience, religious trans persons will realize that they do not have to choose between their identity and their religion, and that there are Christian groups that will embrace and affirm them.
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