In many parts of the United States, Catholic hospitals are increasingly becoming one of the sole options for healthcare due to mergers and expansions. This new trend can be harmful for transgender patients, among others.
About Catherine Buck
Catherine Buck is a writer and educator from Burlington, New Jersey. She recently completed her MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Camden, where she also teaches composition. She received her BA from La Salle University, and has worked with Lasallian communities worldwide, including a year of service in El Paso, Texas. Her non-profit work has most recently taken her to Nicaragua, where she first became interested in the practices of liberation theology.
Entries by Catherine Buck
The Biden Foundation, a charitable organization founded by former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, is seeking stories from LGBTQ+ people as part of their new campaign, As You Are: A Family and Community Acceptance Campaign. In their press release, the foundation expressed the initiative as seeking to “raise awareness of the importance of family acceptance in the lives of LGBTQ young people.”
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and their 40-year history as queer activists and drag nuns are the subject of a new book, Queer Nuns: Religion, Activism, and Serious Parody.
Writer Michael Arceneaux recently was a guest on National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air show with interviewer Terry Gross to discuss his new memoir: I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and Other Reason’s I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé. His story is a tale that Catholic leaders and pastoral ministers need to hear.
Two booklets containing the personal stories and faith journeys of LGBT Catholics and their families are now available in electronic form, spreading the power of experience as a way to build inclusiveness and equality.
There’s a small change in one of the definitions of Fr. James Martin’s second edition of Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion and Sensitivity. The change may be minor, but it makes a world of difference to a particular group of people who are often forgotten.
In a personal article for the Philippines news outlet Inquirer, 60-year old Nice Rodriguez chronicles both her relationship with the Catholic church and her identity as a Filipina lesbian woman, marking how this intersection of communities has changed over the course of her life.
As preparations continue for August’s World Meeting of Families in Dublin, former Irish President and practicing Catholic Mary McAleese remains committed to showing her support for LGBTQ communities by marching in June 30th’s Pride parade in Ireland’s capital. She will be in attendance with her son, Justin McAleese, and his husband.
An in-depth profile on the Madonna of Montevergine is drawing greater attention to the Italian third-gender femminielli and the wider LGBTQ community who participate in an annual pilgrimage to this ancient Neapolitan shrine.
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