San Francisco's Megan Rohrer was the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America's (ELCA) first trans bishop. But no longer. She is now the first trans ex-bishop.
Yes, Megan is actually female and kept her name as a queer lesbian, but is also somehow trans, and goes by they/them pronouns.
Why are you asking me to explain it? Your guess is as good as mine these days.
Anyway, she is being accused of being a white supremacist and has been forced to resign.
Yes, folks, it's the fight we've all been waiting for to find out what is the superior victim fighting style: Transphobia or racism.
In this case, it turns out the answer is racism. Former Bishop Rohrer was sent to relieve Nelson Rabell-Gonzalez as pastor of his mostly Hispanic congregation.
In order to achieve this, she donned a bullet-proof vest, walked in during the middle of the sermon, yelled him out from behind the pulpit, and threatened to call the police if the congregation did anything to her.
The congregation was none too happy about the suggestion that entering their church required protection from getting shot or police intervention, deciding that Rohrer had a thing against Hispanic people.
The Latino Ministries Association, said Rohrer was a "white aggressor" who was rooted in "white supremacy and systemic racism" and they dispatched a "listening team" to assess the situation and provide feedback to the church's leadership.
The ELCA agreed with them, and told Rohrer to submit her resignation.
Rohrer resigned, but sent a letter saying that she did so only because of "the constant misinformation, bullying, and harassment." Then in order to try and reclaim some of her intersectional power, she also said,
"While I am likely strong enough to continue serving as your bishop, I believe I would be a poor role model for my black trans children if I continued in this position."
Ultimately her counterattack was not enough, and the first trans bishop of the ELCA is a bishop no longer.
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