Churches are urged to welcome transgendered members
WASHINGTON - The Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop says, now that more faith groups are accepting same-sex marriage, the next step is to reach out to transgendered individuals.
Former New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson says his message to American clergy is, "Transgendered people are coming to a theater very near you, maybe just around your corner, and you best get ready."
He appeared at a Washington forum with the Rev. Allyson Robinson - no relation - who is a transgendered Baptist pastor.
Both Robinsons said being transgendered should be accepted as God's gift rather than something that's broken or sinful.
Gene Robinson said Jesus crossed cultural boundaries in his ministry and churches should be prepared to do the same.