Entries by Guest Contributor

Home for the Holidays?

  Though we are surrounded by images of perfect family celebrations for Thanksgiving and Christmas, it is impossible to ignore the pain so many of us hold inside, as we go about our business, doing our best to maintain the positive outward appearance that the season seems to demand.  My heart goes out to those families who struggle through the holidays.

The Courage to Be Me

I first attended a Courage meeting when I was 24 years old and a student in the Master of Theological Studies program at the University of Notre Dame.I was told I could find like-minded Catholics to support me in the struggle against my sexuality. 

On Fathers’ Day, A Grandfather’s Struggle with Church and State for Transgender Grandchild

My daughter, Marsha, is the mother of identical twins. Both were born with the bodies of girls. Marsha always wanted to name a daughter after my mother, Mary, so she named the twins Joanne and Mary. Joanne always loved to wear tutus and Mary wanted to wear camouflage type outfits.

Seattle U Community Roiled by Student Newspaper Disappearance and Administration’s Response

Seattle University’s LGBTQ+ community and allies are left outraged and concerned about what kind of school environment the administration is fostering after a Jesuit faculty member admitted removing student newspapers which contained a cover photo from the  campus drag show. The remarks of the school’s president have added to the controversy.

In Jamaica, Catholic Deacon’s Anti-Gay Arguments Are Built on Sand, Not Rock

As a Christian I always cringe when I read articles concerning LGBT people by Peter Espeut, a Jamaican Roman Catholic deacon and sociologist.  As an office-holder in a church ostensibly built on the “rock” (or “Peter” in Latin) of Christ’s example and command to reach those on the margins of society, this modern Peter’s writings display a dangerous hostility towards vulnerable LGBT people.