October is LGBTQ History Month and, like many years, Catholic universities and colleges celebrated on campus. Here are a few reports from Jesuit campuses this semester.
About Brian Kaufman
Brian William Kaufman completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Boston College, where he focused on the role of religion in international affairs and Catholic theological ethics. Prior to completing his Juris Doctor at Emory University School of Law, Brian studied and worked abroad in Paris, France, for four years.
Brian has also worked for a number of social justice organizations, including the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the American Constitution Society.
His studies and professional experiences have focused on the intersection among sexuality, gender, religion, and child welfare law and policy.
Currently, Brian is the Director of Studio Operations for Down Dog Yoga, a yoga community in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia area. He is a certified 200-hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher). Brian started teaching yoga in August 2020 for his studio, and he absolutely loves it!
Since August 2014, Brian has also served as the Residential Liturgical Coordinator and Senior Dorm Parent for Georgetown Preparatory School, an all-boys Jesuit high school located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
Entries by Brian Kaufman
Today, we celebrate GLAAD’s annual Spirit Day, a worldwide initiative to support LGBTQ youth who experience disproportionate amounts of bullying, harassment, and prejudice based on who they are and who they love.
A Nobel laureate has declined a local award from her Polish hometown because she would have been required to share the prestige with a Catholic bishop who has expressed LGBTQ-negative viewpoints.
Against homophobic and transphobic attacks from bishops, a gay couple creatively and peacefullyasked Pope Francis for his intervention and guidance.
Three separate parties, including the Trump administration, have filed friend-of-the court briefs with Indiana’s highest court, arguing that a lawsuit against a local archdiocese which fired a gay Catholic high school teacher should be dismissed on religious liberty grounds.
Praise has been heaped on three church leaders by Mexico’s Catholic LGBTQ equality organization for the leaders’ efforts to minister to the country’s LGBTQ population. The group was pleasantly surprised by the clergy’s commitment to embracing LGBTQ Catholics, as well as tackling the various obstacles that impede LGBTQ inclusion in the church and society.
When a gay Catholic school teacher explored the Sacrament of Reconciliation through the lens of his childhood, his spiritual reflection became a vehicle for reframing how heterosexual and cisgender privilege operates in hindrance of creating a more inclusive space for LGBTQ Catholics.
In response to an increase of interpersonal violence during the coronavirus pandemic, a Catholic lay women’s group has published a booklet on raising awareness about domestic abuse, and has included LGBTQ relationships in the discussion.
A Catholic school in the Philippines has been heavily criticized for a policy that classifies homosexuality as immoral. Several LGBTQ groups have combined their advocacy efforts to counter the school’s discriminatory position.
A transgender boy in Washington, DC, was recently welcomed with open arms by his neighborhood after being rejected by his Catholic elementary school due to his gender identity. The boy’s parents have become instrumental advocates in cultivating an affirming space in response to their son’s journey of self-discovery.
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