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Religious leader returns to work after gender transition

September 4, 2018

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island religious leader who took a monthslong sabbatical while during a gender transition says she feels the happiest and freest she’s ever been.

The Rev. Donnie Anderson tells WJAR-TV she “never doubted God’s love for me.”

The 70-year-old Anderson made the transition during a three-month sabbatical from her work as the executive minister of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches.

The ordained Baptist minister says she’s known her whole life that something was different about her but it only became clear about four years ago that she was a woman.

She says her family, including her wife of 24 years, was supportive and remained by her side.

Anderson has led the interfaith organization for a decade and says it also embraced her transition.

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Information from: WJAR-TV, http://www.turnto10.com

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