The Evangelical’s First Openly Trans Bishop

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Abigail Kinsey, Staff Writer

The Evangelical Lutheran church has established its first ever openly trans bishop. Megan Rohrer will lead one of the church’s synods and oversee almost 200 congregations in the northern California and Nevada areas. They identify as enby and use they/them pronouns. They also are lesbian.

“I step into this role because a diverse community of Lutherans in Northern California and Nevada prayerfully and thoughtfully voted to do a historic thing,” says Megan. “My installation will celebrate all that is possible when we trust God to shepherd us forward.” 

Megan used to work as a pastor for the Grace Lutheran Church and a chaplain coordinator for the city’s police department. They also helped minister to the city’s homeless and LGBTQIA+ population. Megan has become one of seven LGBTQIA+ pastors accepted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Many people disagree with placing Megan as a bishop, saying people like them deserve no place in the teachings of god; and completely denying their rights and existence altogether. “God did not create androgynous beings; He created two complementary, biologically, and genetically sexed individuals. God built the complementarity of the sexes into the very fabric of creation,” says Closson, claiming that trans and enby people are not held in god’s image. It’s not all bad though as two Roman Catholic Bishops have teamed up with the Human Rights Campaign to stand against transgender hate and discrimination. They take the words of Saint John Paul II: “Every sign of unjust discrimination should be avoided,” and condemn acts of voilence against transgenders. 

“The life-threatening violence against the transgender community, spurred by discrimination and hate, is a moral issue and one in which the voices of Catholic leaders are critical to the safety of our transgender siblings. This is a critical moment to come together united, propelled by our faith, and lift our voices to unequivocally say that transgender rights are human rights, and they must be protected,” says Alphonso David, the president of the HRC.