WHY I LEFT and WHY I STAY: Failure of Justice and Interior Peace

I stay in the Catholic Church because through the Eucharist I experience greater interior peace and freedom from anxiety. Read More

Why I Stay: The Mystery of God’s Call in the Shadow of God’s Wings

"Permitting myself to think about leaving paradoxically keeps me sane in the Catholic church." Read More

Why I Stay: ‘God brought me to both my Catholic and LGBT identities’

"Growing up, I had no awareness I was asexual and agender. However, since puberty I felt an unease and disconnect about my body." Read More

Why We Left, Why We Stay: ‘I remain one foot in and the other outside the threshold’

I neither leave nor remain. I am in limbo. Ten years teaching, six years studying in school, a decade ministering, hundreds of students taken on retreat, dozens and dozens of LGBTQ students lives' made more livable for the safe space my classroom provided them: these are but a few of the numbers that mattered most to me before the day I was told I could no longer teach or remain in my position as Campus Minister because I was married to another woman. Read More

Why We Left: Our Church refuses to recognize scientific facts about our intersex daughter

"We must all continue to recognize that there are things we need to learn. We must question and learn in order to truly love one another." Read More

Why We Stay: Owning Faith, Making Change, Being Out and Proud

Three LGBTQ people offer diverse reasons of why they stay in the Catholic Church. Read More

Why I Stay: “Jesus wants me to stay”

" I stay because, whereas once I was deeply ensconced within the church, I am now on the outside looking in and I am forced to see through my own eyes and experience, in my own flesh, what my LGBTQ brothers and sisters have long seen and experienced because of this institution." Read More

Why I Stay: ‘To Give Peace to Those Full of Self-Hate’

"Someone has to give peace to those who come to the confessional full of self-hate because of their sexual orientation or identity." Read More

Why I Left, Why I Stay: ‘Jesus Had Been In My Heart All Along”

A journey away from the Church, and then back again with renewed and stronger commitment and purpose. Read More

Why I Came, Stayed, Left: Outwardly, Shamelessly Ourselves; Hurt and Betrayal

"We are the change we need in the church, and the first step is being outwardly, shamelessly ourselves." Read More