The Catholic Church: ‘We’ll Leave the Light On for You.’

I have a confession to make. I could be predictable and show up at the designated time, enter the room, begin the litany – “Bless me Father, for I have sinned…” I know the drill. But this is a different kind of confession. Read More

Giving Up the Catholic Church and Finding Beyoncé

Michael Arceneaux 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.   Read More

Catholic and LGBT: Stories of Faith, Family, and Love

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. Read More

Telling the Stories of LGBTQ Catholics: An Interview with Xorje Olivares

Xorje Olivares is the queer Latino host of "Affirmative Reaction" on SiriusXM's progressive channel.  He's also Catholic. He's telling the stories of LGBTQ Catholics in print and on radio. Read More

Filipina Lesbian’s Confessional Journey

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. Read More

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. 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

Still Coming Out … as Catholic

“So, you’re still Catholic.”  I replied without replying, not answering his question at all. “Are you?” 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

‘Thank You, God, For Making Me Gay and Catholic’

For many people, queer and Catholic can seem like opposite identities. For Sam Albano of Carmel, Indiana, they complement each other in a powerful way.   Read More