LGBTQ Advocates in Malta Push Back Against Religious Opposition to New Equality Bill

The Equality Bill being currently being debated in Malta, a majority Catholic nation, has been facing pushback from religious groups the past few months. These groups seek a “conscientious objection” clause added to the bill that would allow faith-based schools and other institutions to be exempt from the proposed law’s LGBTQ non-discrimination protections. In an opinion piece for Malta Today, Cynthia Chircop and Joe Grima of the Malta LGBTQ Rights Movement argue that a conscientious objection clause is nothing more than a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people, as well as people who are planning on getting divorced. Read More

Catholic School’s New Policy on Firing, Expelling LGBTQ Members Prompts Backlash

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.  Read More

University of Notre Dame Adds “Gender Identity” to Anti-Harassment Policies

The University of Notre Dame recently added “gender identity” to a list of protected categories in its policies on discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment, and other sex-based misconduct. Read More

Parishioners Sing in Support of Fired LGBTQ Music Minister; And More News

Today's post includes updates on the firing of church worker Terry Gonda, protests at a Catholic high school in part over anti-LGBTQ discrimination, and one archdiocese's opposition to homosexuality decriminalization. Read More

LGBTQ Church Worker Fired for Challenging Homophobic Priest Continues Advocacy

For challenging a priest who made anti-LGBTQ comments, a church worker has been fired in Austin, Texas. Read More

Catholic Schools Coach Resigns in Protest of Anti-Transgender Archdiocesan Policies

A basketball coach at Indianapolis' Catholic schools has resigned in protest of archdiocesan guidelines that target transgender students in such schools, guidelines which have prompted many other protests, too. Read More

Catholics Explore Implications for Church Workers After SCOTUS Guts Non-Discrimination Laws

Catholics have continued to grapple with the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the combined cases of Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru and St. James School v. Biel last month. Read More

How the “Ministerial Exception” Ruling Already Impacts Church Workers

The court determined that a religious institution could broadly define which employees fall into the category of “ministers” and thus be exempt from following legal protections against discrimination, including those for LGBTQ+ identity. Read More

Freedom of Religion vs. Freedom from Discrimination: A Lament and A Plan of Action

As LGBTQ Catholics, we recognize that none of us is free from discrimination unless all of us are.  What are our next moves? Read More

Gay Teacher at Catholic School Appeals for an End to the Firing of LGBTQ Church Workers

An LGBTQ Catholic school teacher has shared his reflections on the church’s too-frequent problem of firing LGBTQ employees, following the recent dismissal of  two of his colleagues Read More