Meet the first trans priest in Australia

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Jo Inkpin is the first out transgender priest in Australian history. She started to realize her trans identity in childhood as she wore her granny’s clothes. She dreamed about having her own dress long before she started to self-identify as female. Dr Inkpin decided to come out and transition in her 50s. And the Anglican Church in Australia currently say it is fine for Dr Inkpin to serve as a priest, at least from the time being. Though the church is divided concerning LGBT issues, the preacher is not going to hide who she is. She says she felt “a great sense of peace” when she was ordained in 1986, and that there are also benefits to being a priest.“I think that was a space where sometimes you can exist in a way between sexes — in previous centuries they called it the third sex. And I could mix with women and be more feminine and express myself in different ways,” the trans preacher shared.

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