Catholic LGBT Organizations
DignityUSA works for respect and justice for people of all sexual orientations, genders, and gender identities—especially gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons—in the Catholic Church and the world through education, advocacy, and support.
Fortunate Families, a Catholic Family, Friends & Allies Ministry, supports LGBTQ+ sisters and brothers by facilitating respectful conversation and sharing personal stories within dioceses, parishes and communities, especially with bishops, pastors and Church leadership. By accompaniment and bridge building Fortunate Families seek to uphold and safeguard the dignity of LGBTQ+ daughters and sons of God.
Catholic Reform Organizations
Call To Action educates, inspires and activates Catholics to act for justice and build inclusive communities through a lens of anti-racism and anti-oppression principles.
Catholic Organizations for Renewal (COR) is a leadership forum of U.S. church reform organizations. The purpose is to further reform and renewal in the Roman Catholic Church, to build an inclusive church, to bring about a world of justice and peace and to reflect the sacredness of all creation. COR works collaboratively to provide an authentic Catholic moral voice on these issues and coordinates projects that further these goals.
FutureChurch seeks changes that will provide all Roman Catholics the opportunity to participate fully in Church life and leadership. FutureChurch works for:
- Just, open and collaborative structures for Catholic worship, organization and governance.
- A return to the Church’s early tradition of both married and celibate priests.
- A return to the Church’s earliest tradition, modeled on the inclusive practice of Jesus, of recognizing both female and male leaders of faith communities.
- Regular access to the Eucharist, the center of Catholic life and worship, for all Catholics.
Future Church’s activities grow from a spirituality based on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Eucharist, the Spirit-filled beliefs of the faithful, and the teachings of Vatican II.
Founded in 1975, Women’s Ordination Conference (WOC) is the oldest and largest national organization that works to ordain women as priests, deacons and bishops into an inclusive and accountable Catholic church. WOC represents the 63-70 percent of US Catholics that support women’s ordination. WOC also promotes new perspectives on ordination that call for more accountability and less separation between the clergy and laity.
Women-Church Convergence (W-CC) is a coalition of autonomous Catholic-rooted groups working to build just social and ecclesial structures with shared power for everyone, especially women and those whom church and society marginalize.
Women-Church Convergence amplifies diverse feminist, faith-filled voices creating spaces in which all can live out their vision of full inclusion in church and society.
National Interfaith Organizations
CLGS mission is to advance the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender people and to transform faith communities and the wider society by taking a leading role in shaping a new public discourse on religion, gender identity and sexuality through education, research, community building and advocacy.
People look to their faith as a source of guidance and inspiration – and LGBTQ people and our family and friends are no different. The HRC Religion and Faith Program is working to create a world where nobody is forced to choose between who they are, whom they love and what they believe. Thanks in part to this work, more and more faith communities aren’t simply engaging in dialogue around LGBTQ equality, they’re leading the conversation. They do this work not in spite of their religious beliefs but because of them.
Denominational representatives of the Welcoming Church Movement created IWR in November 2002. The purpose of this ecumenical group is to provide the resources to facilitate a paradigm shift in multiple denominations whereby churches become welcoming and affirming of all congregants regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. IWR wants to help build church homes that are truly welcoming and nurturing, where everyone knows “they’re okay, just like they are.” In early 2006, IWR became a program of the National LGBTQ Task Force, through a formal merger.
The National Religious Leadership Roundtable has served as an interfaith network for leaders from faith, spiritual and religious organizations who support equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
Over 50 organizations make up this dynamic Roundtable of religious leaders that share resources, support one another, and work in partnership with other justice seeking groups to:
- Amplify the voice of pro-LGBT faith organizations in public discourse
- Promote understanding of and respect for LGBT people within society at large and in communities of faith
- Promote understanding and respect within LGBT communities for a variety of faith paths and for religious liberty
- Achieve commonly held goals which promote equality, spirituality, and justice
Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy. PFLAG has 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Youth and Young Adult Resources
CTA 20/30 is an inclusive community of Catholics in our 20s and 30s who seek justice in the Catholic Church. We seek to deepen our faith, to integrate faith with action and, in so doing, to transform our church through a lens of anti-racism and anti-oppression principles.
We are college students, young professionals, parents, vowed religious, married and single folks, LGBTQ and straight. Our Catholic practice varies, too: some of us go to mass, others to intentional Eucharistic communities– or none of the above. Our common bond is our desire for joyful, inclusive Catholic spaces where all are welcome at the table – feminists, LGBTQ people, people of color, those who follow their consciences, and others who have too often felt marginalized in mainstream Catholic life.
Catholic Volunteer Network fosters and promotes full-time domestic and international faith-based volunteer service opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and skills. As the leading membership organization of Christian volunteer and mission programs, we support and enhance the work of our members through volunteer recruitment, training and resources, networking opportunities, and advocacy.
The Loretto Volunteer Program is a project of the Loretto Community, a welcoming and inclusive Catholic order of sisters with a 200-year history of advocating for peace, women’s equality and solutions to social injustices. Loretto Volunteers are an extension of the mission and spirit of the Loretto Community. Volunteers serve for a year at social justice organizations while living in intentional community with other volunteers. All the while, volunteers find ways to connect to their spirituality and practice simplicity in every day life.
Loretto Volunteers serve in both direct service and advocacy roles. They serve in homeless shelters and immigrant legal clinics; in public radio and at the United Nations. Each volunteer is paired with an organization based on their skills and interests.
The Dignity Young Adult Caucus (DYAC) is a community of young adult LGBT Catholics and their friends. The DYAC was formed as the official young adult group of DignityUSA to recognize the vital and unique role that young members play within the national organization and to address the specific needs of the younger generation of Dignitarians.
Our goals are to: Connect and support current young adult members of DignityUSA; Help local DignityUSA chapters build young adult membership; Reach out to and provide a community for young adult LGBT Catholics and their friends and, if not yet a part of DignityUSA, encourage them to join our family of LGBT Catholics and allies.
The It Gets Better Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe. Growing up isn’t easy, especially when you are trying to affirm and assert your sexual orientation and/or gender identity. It can be a challenging and isolating process – but, the good news is, no one has to do it alone.
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
What do you do when your 7-year-old son announces that he wants to be a girl? Or your husband of 30 years announces that he wants to be a woman? How do college students react when “he” becomes a “she.” In this two-hour documentary, Katie Couric sets out to explore the rapidly evolving complexities of gender identity. Click on the image to watch the entire film.
Click here to watch a conversation on the film hosted by Katie Couric with various panelists.
This film chronicles the true story of Sister Jeannine Gramick, who is defying a Vatican edict that she shut down her compassionate ministry to gay and lesbian Catholics, and silence herself permanently on the subject of homosexuality. Her battle takes her all the way to Rome and to the door of her key adversary over the years: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who would become Pope Benedict XVI. Click on the image to watch the 10th Anniversary Edition trailer.
PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. Click on the image to watch the trailer.