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Storied: San Francisco

Sep 23, 2021

In this episode, Bishop Megan talks about their trans identity. Through popular culture and with age, they knew they were queer around the time they went to college. Eventually, as the world and language evolved, "trans" became what they identify with.

​One of their children is also trans, and Bishop Megan shares their perspective of what it's like to parent the kid.

Then they us about life after college. Deciding to pursue religious studies wasn't so obvious, as churches at that time refused to ordain LGBTQ people. They ended up at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley. Within the first year there, they started working with hungry and homeless folks on Polk Street in The City.

We pivot to the story of meeting their wife. It involves therapy homework and falling off a curb.

Needless to say, the two hit it off. Because they wanted to adopt children, they moved to the Sunset to a place with multiple bedrooms. They continue living there with their family today.

Next, Bishop Megan discusses the arduous process of becoming a bishop in the Lutheran Church. If you missed it, Megan is the first trans bishop of a major U.S. church.

We end this podcast with Megan talking about the current state of things in San Francisco as well as their vision for the next phase here in The City.

If you missed Part 1, please go back to hear the story of Bishop Megan's early life and their ancestors.

We recorded this podcast at Harvey's in the Castro in August 2021.

Photo by Vince Donovan