Becoming myself

A transgender pastor's story

Somehow my shaking fingers kept pushing the buttons on the phone. All I could think as a voice answered was, “God help me.”

“Hello,” I said. “This is Eric Swenson. Is Reverend Greene there?” Maybe there was still a chance that I could leave a message.

“This is Lloyd Greene,” came the deep and resonant reply. My heart sank. I had no choice but to go forward.

“I am calling you in your capacity as chair of the Committee on Ministry,” I ventured. “I am wondering how to go about a name change.” I hoped the quaver in my voice wasn’t noticeable.

“All you need to do is write a letter to the committee and tell us what you want to change your name to.”

It sounded easy enough. I hoped this would be the end of the conversation, but instead he continued, “What do you want to change your name to?”


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