Traditional Italian Madonna Devotion Attracts Third Gender “Femminielli”

An in-depth profile on the Madonna of Montevergine is drawing greater attention to the Italian third-gender femminielli and the wider LGBTQ community who participate in an annual pilgrimage to this ancient Neapolitan shrine. 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

Deacon Dad of Trans Daughter Shares Struggles and Hopes

Deacon Ray Dever is a devout Catholic, a permanent deacon, a husband, and above all, a dad to three daughters. In a recent US Catholic article, he writes on his experience as both a Catholic deacon and a proud dad to a transgender daughter. Read More

NEWS NOTES: Trans Health, Fr. Martin, LGBTQ+ Poster, Successful Fundraiser, and Gay Baseball Player

A variety of short news items on topics of Catholic LGBTQ interest. Click the links to learn more.  Read More

Seattle U Community Roiled by Student Newspaper Disappearance and Administration’s Response

Seattle University's LGBTQ+ community and allies are left outraged and concerned about what kind of school environment the administration is fostering after a Jesuit faculty member admitted removing student newspapers which contained a cover photo from the  campus drag show. The remarks of the school’s president have added to the controversy. Read More

CAMPUS CHRONICLES: Fordham Students Call for Trans-Friendly Dorm Policy

Students at Jesuit-run Fordham University have come out in support of a trans-friendly dorm policy for students residing in the Bronx university’s residence halls in a recent school newspaper editorial. Read More

In Philippines: ‘L.G.B.T. are now accepted. We are very welcome.’

About 80 percent of Filipinos are Roman Catholic, and the church’s teachings often dominate public life in the Philippines. Still, Ms. Cabaluna, who considers herself very religious, said: 'L.G.B.T. are now accepted. We are very welcome.' Read More

LGBT Catholics Ask British Bishops to Educate Themselves on Gender

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have released a plenary statement on gender, and the contents are a mixed bag of sensitivity and misunderstanding.  A Catholic LGBT+ pastoral ministry in London has responded to the statement, calling for the bishops to educate themselves. Read More

QUOTE TO NOTE: Church Leaders Need to “Own Up to Modern Biology” on LGBT Issues

Will there someday be a world without gender? This possibility is explored by theologian Ilia Delio in a recent piece for "Global Sisters Report." Read More

Cardinal’s Anti-Transgender Comments Reveal a Need for Pastoral Listening

England's top prelate has again opined on gender identity, revealing both his pastoral inclinations and his opposition to full transgender equality. Read More