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Would St. Oscar Romero Use the Term “LGBT” and Recognize a Queer Couple’s Love?

His cause stalled for nearly four decades, the institutional church finally recognized yesterday what the people of God have known all along: Monseñor Oscar Romero is a saint! With the Synod on Youth underway in Rome, I suggest here that this newly-canonized, but longtime saint can lead us forward towards LGBT liberation. Read More

Who’s Who? A Look at the LGBT Records of Global Bishops at the Synod on Youth

With the Synod on Youth now underway in Rome, Bondings 2.0 explores the LGBT records of a sampling of delegates from outside the U.S. The following bishops are just some of the 300-plus delegates participating in the Synod (a full list available here). It is unclear if and how LGBT issues will be addressed, who might be the key bishops involved in any discussion, and whether there will be positive outcomes.  Read More

QUOTE TO NOTE: Transgender Gubernatorial Candidate Shares about Her Accepting Catholic Family

Christine Hallquist made headlines earlier this year when she became the first transgender person chosen as a major political party's gubernatorial candidate. In advance of her likely election as Vermont's next governor this fall, Hallquist spoke to Vermont Business Magazine about being raised Catholic and having a supportive family. Read More

Expansion of Catholic Hospitals Does Not Bode Well for Trans Patients

In many parts of the United States, Catholic hospitals are increasingly becoming one of the sole options for healthcare due to mergers and expansions.  This new trend can be harmful for transgender patients, among others. Read More

BREAKING NEWS from WMF: Deacon Who Is Father of Transgender and Bisexual Daughters Assists Liturgically at Closing Mass

Deacon Ray Dever, who is the father of a transgender daughter and a bisexual daughter, and who has written eloquently here on Bondings 2.0  about his special family and ministerial roles, is currently serving liturgically at the closing Mass of of the Pastoral Congress portion of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin.  Read More

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