Sexual Orientation

Sexual orientation is a core part of a person’s identity and a gift from God.

About 1 in 10 people identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, or some other non-heterosexual orientation. In the Catholic Church, this statistic reveals just how many LGBQ people are integral members of the people of God. We must continue building a Church where all are welcome.

What is Sexual Orientation?

According to the American Psychological Association, sexual orientation is “a component of identity that includes a person’s sexual and emotional attraction to another person and the behavior and/or social affiliation that may result from this attraction. A person may be attracted to men, women, both, neither, or to people who are genderqueer, androgynous, or have other gender identities. Individuals may identify as lesbian, gay, heterosexual, bisexual, queer, pansexual, or asexual, among others.”

Building a Bridge

Fr. James Martin, SJ,’s book Building a Bridge is based on an address he gave to New Ways Ministry in October 2017. The book is an informational and spiritual resource for LGBT people, their families, allies, and church leaders. Order your copy here.