LGBTQ Advocacy

A longtime supporter of the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the life of the church, the Cathedral considers LGBTQ equality one of the great civil rights issues of the church in the 21st century.

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The Cathedral supports LGBT people in all aspects of its life and ministry. The Cathedral hosted its first same-sex wedding in 2010, and welcomed its first transgender preacher, the Rev. Cameron Partridge, to the Canterbury Pulpit in 2014.

“As one of the nation’s most iconic faith communities, Washington National Cathedral strives to be a house of prayer where all are welcome. As we live into that expansive, inclusive identity, we at the Cathedral want to be as clear as we can be that all means all. Every person is loved by God. We can preach that from the pulpit, but the most emphatic we can say it is to live it by uniting same sex couples in marriage at the altar in our Cathedral.”  —Former Dean Gary Hall, March 2013

Learn more about past Cathedral LGBT Advocacy services and events below.

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