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NEWS NOTES: Catholic Universities in Chile Welcome Transgender Students; Director Cites Pope Francis to Defend LGBT Film; And More

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

Top Catholic Ethicist: Do Not Assume Transgender Identities Are “Sinful” or “Disordered”

A leading Catholic ethicist offered positive words about transgender people in a recent interview, saying it should not be assumed that someone naming their gender identity is problematic and that it could be the affirmation of how God created them. Read More

Was Gum Chewing or Gender Identity the Reason for Denying Communion?

A transgender Catholic was denied Communion earlier this month, but the diocese has claimed it was not the communicant's gender identity at issue but their gum chewing during Mass. Read More

LGBT and Ally Folks Protest Talk on Transgender Identity at Catholic Parish

Earlier this spring, LGBT activists and allies gathered outside St. Pius V Catholic Church, Providence, Rhode Island to protest a talk by by Dr. Michelle Cretella, a pediatrician who is in favor of conversion therapy, and who is doubtful that trans folks exist. Read More

Transgender Ministry Pioneer Lets World Know Her Identity

Sister Luisa Derouen, OP, has been ministering to transgender men and women since 1999, though she has not always been able to be public about the work she was doing. 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

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