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UK's first transgender vicar Carol Stone dies

2014-12-31
The UK's first serving transgender vicar has died at the age of 60. The Reverend Carol Stone passed away on Saturday (December 27) following a battle with pancreatic cancer. carol stone The vicar of St Philip's Church in Upper Stratton and St Peter's Church in Penhill, Ms Stone transitioned in 2000, whereupon the church decided there was no ethical or ecclesiastical reason why she could not continue to serve. Upon her return to St Philip's that later that year, Ms Stone received a standing ovation from her congregation. The Bishop of Swindon, Lee Rayfield, said: "She and [her] colleagues really worked hard and overcame one setback after another," said Dr Rayfield. "She was a really true priest who overcame a huge amount in her life and a huge amount with other people, and I'll remember her with great affection." More Stories: Read nine-year-old girl’s letter to her gay teacher Meet the footballers stripping off to save their team