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The first transgender priest in Queensland lives bravely

Organized by writer and documentary maker Holly Zwarf, this series examines Queensland’s historic and contemporary pioneers in challenging the concept of stereotypes.

Talk to Brisbane TimesInkpin said it is important to discuss the issues of gender identity and religion.

“Transgender people get a lot of scrutiny,” she said.

“Changes in people’s attitudes help, and when we talk about faith, God embraces all genders, not just men.”

Inkpin was born as a boy and knew he was different by the age of four, but said it took decades to accept his true self.

“When I grew up, men drank pints and women danced around with purses. If I got out of those groups, I would be rejected,” she said.

“The church is partially resisting change, which was a bumpy journey, but I think it’s a bit of an exception and keeps pushing the limits.

“Some parts of the church still say it’s not a marriage [between me and Penny]… but the basics are still there and we are getting stronger. “

Inkpin said being a transgender priest is still taboo, despite the more open-minded society.

“It’s still difficult,” she said.

“There are other transgender priests hiding their identities, or I have to say that I have to choose who they are.”

She says people are brave and need to accept who they are.

“It’s never too late for them to be who they really are,” Inkpin said.

“I hope my story encourages others, not exactly the same as me, but those who want to be, and ultimately have the courage to do difficult things because they are worth it. “She said.

“Above all, it’s about deceiving courage and trusting the deep love and life within you.”

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Jocelyn Garcia is a journalist at Brisbane Times and has the latest news.

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