A lesbian priest is one of five nominees to be considered as the
next Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.
Rev. Tracey Lind, a 57 year-old who's married to her partner
Emily Ingalls, is currently dean of Trinity Cathedral in
Now, she is one of five people personally selected by a diocesan
committee to fulfill the role. One of the five nominees is
scheduled to be elected on 29 October at a special convention at
the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City
The selected will assist the current bishop, Mark Sisk, until
his retirement, which must come before August 2014.
If elected, Lind would not be the first gay bishop in the
Episcopal - Gene Robinson of New Hampshire was elected in 2003.
A second openly gay Episcopal bishop was consecrated in Los
Angeles in 2008.
Established in 1787, the Episcopal Diocese of New York
encompasses the boroughs of Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island,
plus the NY state counties of Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess,
Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster.