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About Melissa Feito
Melissa is an audio producer and writer based in Florida, where she is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Journalism and Communications. Previously, Melissa lived in Washington, D.C. where she was a producer for the long-time religion news public radio show Interfaith Voices. From churches stepping up to shelter migrants on the southern border, to the growth of neo-pagan communities, and the way religious traditions are kept alive through food, Melissa has covered a wide range of topics and continues to be interested in how belief, in all its forms, influences almost every aspect of our world. She received her B.A. from Tufts University, where she was a leader in the Catholic chaplaincy and a member of the Interfaith Student Council.
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DW Documentary has released a new web documentary called Renegade in a Cassock about a historic Catholic church in the heart of Madrid that is creating a space for all regardless of social status, wealth, race, or sexuality.
A University of California (UC) task force has been formed to determine how to move forward with the institution’s partnership with the Dignity Health system after the organization’s reached an impasse over Dignity Health’s religious policies on limiting reproductive healthcare, LGBTQ healthcare, and end of life care.
April 26th marked the 17th anniversary of the death of South Korean gay activist Yook Woo-Dang, who died by suicide in protest of discrimination against LGBTQ people. He was 18 years old. A devout Catholic, Woo Dang is remembered for the poetry he wrote to cope with living in the margins.
An Italian organization for families with LGBTQ members has released a free publication for parents with LGBTQ children, as well as an accompanying video.
“As a gay man, it often feels impossible to remain Catholic,” writes theologian Jason Steidl in a “Commonweal” article which is part of the magazine’s series on contemporary U.S. Catholicism, “The American Parish Today.”
The editorial board of Georgetown University’s student newspaper is calling for the Jesuit school to reform its annual pro-life conference to distance the meeting from a deceased anti-LGBTQ prelate, as well as from anti-LGBTQ organizations and speakers.
Ben Hodge, a 20-year-old university student in the United Kingdom, always knew he was different. “I wasn’t comfortable being a girl, so I would spend a lot of time in front of the mirror just wondering what was wrong with me? Why am I not happy,” he said.
Sr. Luisa Derouen, a member of the Dominican Sisters of Peace and long time spiritual companion to transgender people, has published an essay reacting to Bishop Thomas Paprocki’s controversial, transphobic policy published in January.
The Pride Center of Staten Island announced it would be having a “Gay St. Patrick’s Dance” this coming Saturday after having been banned from marching in the Staten Island St. Patrick’s Day parade.
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