Transgender minister dismissed from position at Mississauga church after coming out – Global News – 2020-07-22

More than a month after coming out as a transgender woman during a sermon, Junia Joplin has been dismissed from her position at a Mississauga church in a close vote by the congregation.

“This has been an emotional week. There has been a variety of emotions. I’m sad. I don’t feel great putting an end to that chapter of my life, especially under these conditions,” Joplin, an ordained minister, told Global News in an interview Wednesday evening.

Joplin was the lead pastor at Lorne Park Baptist Church since 2014. When she began the position, she said, questions about her identity didn’t immediately start coming into focus.

That changed about two years ago.

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