WASHINGTON D.C.: For the first time, Washington National Cathedral welcomed a transgender priest to deliver a sermon — a move symbolic of the rapid but under-the-radar progress on trans rights backed by President Barack Obama. The venerated church, where the funerals of 21 US presidents have been held, invited Reverend Cameron Partridge onto the pulpit in a service on Sunday (Monday in Manila) during LGBT Pride Month, which celebrates the victories and contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. “It’s pretty overwhelming, to be honest, and it’s pretty inspiring,” Partridge, 40, told Agence France-Presse after the service, when he was congratulated by dozens of worshippers. Partridge marked his transgender “coming out” 13 years ago, deciding to quit his biological female identity and live as a man. Today he is married to a woman, is father to two children and serves as a chaplain at Boston University.