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The Vatican’s New Document on Gender: Is There Hope?

"As the parent of a transgender daughter and as a deacon whose ministry includes pastoral care to Catholic families with transgender members, it is painfully apparent that the document is totally divorced from the lived reality of transgender people." Read More

Excerpts from “Male and Female He Created Them,” the Vatican’s Latest Document on Gender

The Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education released a document on gender yesterday titled "Male and Female He Created Them." Today's post features excerpts from the document highlighting key LGBTQ-related themes. Read More

New Ways Ministry Responds to New Vatican Document on Gender Identity

The Vatican’s new document on gender identity, “Male and Female He Created Them,” is a harmful tool that will be used to oppress and harm not only transgender people, but lesbian, gay, bisexual people, too.  The document associates sexual and gender minorities with libertine sexuality, a gross misrepresentation of the lives of LGBT people which perpetuates and encourages hatred, bigotry, and violence against them. Read More

Vatican Advisor Offers Limited Support for Puberty Blockers Aiding Transgender Youth

A Vatican advisor has suggested that puberty blockers for transgender and gender non-conforming youth may be permissible in certain limited circumstances if youth are at risk of self-harm. Read More

Holy Cross Officials Rebuke Bishop’s Anti-Transgender Comments as “Offensive”

Top officials at the College of the Holy Cross have rebuked a local bishop's comments disparaging transgender people, saying the bishop was "deeply hurtful and offensive." Read More

Bishop Says Gender Transitions Are Equivalent to Having Hand Amputated for a Pirate Hook

A bishop in Massachusetts has compared gender transitions to someone having their hand amputated to install a pirate hook, suggesting that transgender identities are "rooted in unsupportable science" and are more akin to the heresy of Gnosticism. Read More

Bishops Side with Trump Administration in New Assault on LGBTQ Healthcare Rights

Top bishops in the United States have applauded a new Trump administration healthcare rule that has alarmed LGBTQ advocates, once again raising the question of why the nation's hierarchy so quickly opposes nearly every step towards LGBTQ equality. Read More

Catholic Archdiocese Funds Anti-Trans Ad in Australia

The Archdiocese of Hobart in the Australian state of Tasmania has confirmed that it provided funding for an anti-transgender newspaper ad.  Read More

Transgender Man Denied Care by Catholic Hospital Minutes Before Surgery

A transgender man was denied surgery as part of his medical transition by a Catholic hospital just minutes before it was about to begin. Read More

‘Transforming’ Illustrates the Richness of Trans-Inclusive Faith Communities

Austen Hartke's book, "Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians" examines gender through a Christian lens and is a timely work in an historical moment where transgender rights are under attack. Read More