Bishop in U.K. Applauds Court Decision Limiting Treatments for Transgender Children

Senior Catholic officials in the United Kingdom have applauded a ruling from the nation’s highest court that says certain transgender children lack the legal competency to consent to medical treatments administered by a gender identity clinic. Read More

In Belize, Catholic Diocese Helps Stop Non-Discrimination Legislation for LGBTQ People

The Catholic Diocese of Belize has vocally opposed legislation that would have protected people from discrimination based on gender and/or sexual orientation. Read More

Guam Politician Barred from Being Confirmation Sponsor Over Same-Gender Relationship

The Lt. Governor of Guam has been prohibited from sponsoring his niece at confirmation due to his same-gender relationship. Read More

Catholic Reform Groups Back Embattled Irish Priest Tony Flannery; And More News

Today's post features news stories on Catholic reform groups' support for Fr. Tony Flannery, a new gay Catholic's appointment to the California Supreme Court, musician Gina Chavez speaking out on being queer and Catholic, and more. Read More

Transgender Legislator Hopes Pope’s Civil Unions Support Can Advance LGBTQ Bills

A transgender Catholic legislator in the Philippine has been using Pope Francis’s recent endorsement of same-gender civil unions to encourage LGBTQ equality in that country, including the legalization of civil unions.  Read More

Guyana Bishop Calls for Nation’s Anti-Gay Criminalization Laws to Be “Null and Void”

A bishop in the Caribbean has called for laws in his country that criminalize homosexuality to be made "null and void." Read More

Activists in Bahamas, South Africa, Poland, Elsewhere Laud Pope’s Civil Union Support

For many commentators, Pope Francis' recent comments reiterating his support for civil unions that recognize same-gender couples were not far enough. Less heard, but quite relevant, are voices who note that Francis simply speaking of LGBTQ people positively makes a tremendous impact in areas where LGBTQ people remain very much at risk. Read More

Theologians Contrast Approach to LGBTQ Rights Between Pope Francis and U.S. Bishops

Two Catholic theologians have asserted that Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-gender civil unions should be heeded by the U.S. Catholic bishops because their pastoral approach to the LGBTQ community compared to Pope Francis’ approach are worlds apart.  Read More

Elton John, “Two Popes” Actor, Global Activists, and More Respond to Pope’s Civil Union Support

Responses to Pope Francis' support for civil unions that recognize same-gender couples have continued to be posted online through media interviews, social media posts, and statements. Read More

Top U.S. Bishops Issue Letter of Support for Legislation Targeting Transgender Athletes

Two committee chairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have stated their support for a federal anti-transgender bill that would cut off  Title IX funding from schools which permit transgender women to compete athletically with cisgender women. Read More