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Glasspool, Mary (b. 1954)  
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Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori was the chief consecrator at the service, which was also attended by many other American bishops, including Robinson, as well as several from overseas.

The installation of Bishops Glasspool and Jardin Bruce was a tribute to diversity. Attending were representatives of four Native American tribes whose ancestral lands are now part of the location of the diocese, and portions of the service were in English, Spanish, Korean, and Tagalog to reflect, at least in part, the heritage of the current congregants.

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On the eve of her installation as a bishop, Glasspool addressed the news media, at which time she called the decision to elevate her "a benchmark for the whole church."

"We are being the church that we say we are," she told journalist Pat McCaughan. "We're not just saying it, we're doing it, and there's something very powerful about that."

Linda Rapp

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Glasspool, Mary D. "The Rev. Canon Mary D. Glasspool." Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles (2009):

Gledhill, Ruth. "Now Is the Time for Church to Open Its Door to Equal Rights for Gays, Says Lesbian Bishop." The Times (London) (December 10, 2009): 10.

McCaughan, Pat. "Diane Bruce, Mary Glasspool Consecrated Bishops in Joyous Celebration in Los Angeles Diocese." Episcopal Life Online (Mary 15, 2010): htm.

______. "Los Angeles Diocese Elects Openly Gay Bishop Suffragan: Mary Douglas Glasspool." Episcopal News Service (December 5, 2009):

Miller, Lisa. "A Traditionalist Who Shakes Tradition." Newsweek (April 16, 2010):

Uskali, Thomas. "Public Personae, Private Lies: Bisexuality in Honor Moore's Memoirs." (January 1, 2010):


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    Entry Title: Glasspool, Mary  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
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