Traditional Italian Madonna Devotion Attracts Third Gender “Femminielli”

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. Read More

Pop Singer Sam Smith Helps Catholic LGBTQ Youth Reconcile Sexuality and Spirituality

Sam Smith is an openly gay musician, who also was raised Catholic. Earlier this year,... Read More

Navigating the Complexities of Being Catholic and LGBTQ

Some LGBTQ Catholics  consider church teaching on sexuality and gender issues oppressive. Yet, many  also feel the Church has always been their home and struggle to stay.  The Church gives these Catholics something can’t find other places.  They have found ways to be authentic both in their faith identity and in their LGBTQ identity. Several Catholics have recently described how they navigate the complexities of these two identities, as well as with other identities, cultures, and life experiences that are part of their lives.  Read More

“Made in God’s Image:” Waithe’s Met Gala Cape and LGBTQ Catholics

Lena Waithe strode onto this year’s Met Gala red carpet with an unmistakable message that came in a bright rainbow cape draped around her shoulders. Her message was one that LGBTQ Catholics make every time they show up at church. Read More

Taking LGBTQ and Catholicism ‘One Day at a Time”

Netflix’s “One Day at a Time,” a reboot of the 1970s Norman Lear sitcom of the same name, has been portraying modern experiences of coming out to a Catholic family in a refreshingly honest way. Read More

Fr. Martin’s Second Edition Keeps the LGBT Conversation Moving

“It dawned on me that it’s having someone in a collar say these things, from the pulpit that is really resonating with people” Read More

Untangling the Experiences of Being ‘Queer and Catholic’

"Queer and Catholic: A life of contradiction," is a new autobiography by a gay Catholic man in the United Kingdom who recounts his developments in sexuality and spirituality and where those two areas converged Read More

Sam Smith’s New Song Challenges Anti-LGBTQ Catholicism

Openly gay pop singer Sam Smith’s most recent album The Thrill of it All includes... Read More

Catholic Play at Stonewall Inn Asks Important Questions About Faith and Identity

"I wrote this play because I was—I am—struggling with my faith. The question is not whether I ought to be Catholic but rather: How ought I to be Catholic? What kind of Catholic am I to be? How can I continue to nurture my relationship with God, a relationship anchored in the church, but also acknowledge that I want change?" Read More

Bishops’ Support Grows for Fr. James Martin and “Building a Bridge”

As the conversation around Fr. James Martin’s most recent book Building a Bridge continues, more voices have spoken in affirmation of Martin and his call for dialogue between the Church and the LGBT community. Read More