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

A Humble Church of Acolytes

How can the Catholic Church better adopt a humble disposition when it comes to LGBTQ folks? We should start by following the examples of our acolytes.  Read More