When Pastor June Joplin came out in a COVID-era video sermon as a transgender woman to her Baptist congregation in Ontario, the church narrowly voted to end her tenure. Despite the lack of acceptance displayed by her congregants, Pastor June’s journey offers powerful testimony to the mandate of authenticity and honesty in answering the call of the divine – in June’s story, both the call to ministry and the call to transition. It’s a powerful message as we mark Transgender Day of Remembrance. You can watch that life-changing sermon at her website. A Gofundme page has been set up to support June’s future ministry.