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Letter of Support to the LGBT Youth
This letter is to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender youth who have been negatively impacted or were excluded by the Catholic Church’s official teaching on homosexuality. The 8th Day Center for Justice does not believe the official teachings on homosexuality reflect the Catholic values and beliefs that call each of us “to promote justice, equality and human dignity among all people regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, abilities, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic class.”1 Each person’s sexuality is a gift. Any structure that allows contrary opinion to exist let alone impact the physical or emotional safety of any person needs transformation. We would like to join the numerous Catholics who have stated their support to LGBT youth. We have been inspired by and stand with…
1. The Equally Blessed coalition who “salutes the members of the Maryland State Senate who on February 24th, 2011 passed legislation that will end centuries of discrimination against same-sex couples and their families. We urge the state’s House of Delegates to pass the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act and send it to Governor Martin O’Malley for his signature.”
2. Kate Childs Graham, a Catholic activist who writes for National Catholic Reporter calls on the church hierarchy and other leaders of the church to “Help create and promote welcoming and inclusive schools, churches and homes that are free from judgment and bullying.” She goes onto tell Catholic youth, “I once thought that in order to live my life as an openly gay person, I would have to give up my faith. Now I know that I can be both proudly gay and devoutly Catholic.”2
3. Joel Burns, Fort Worth City Council member who made a public statement detailing the pain he experienced as a teenager as anti-gay bullies physically and emotionally abused him. Burns told the Fort Worth city council, “one day, when I was in the ninth grade, I was cornered by some older kids who roughed me up. They said that I was a faggot, and that I should die and go to hell where I belonged.” He ends the statement with a story about his husband and tells the LGBT youth, “…it does get better.”3
The 8th Day Center for Justice staff wants to express our sorrow and grief to the families and friends of the LGBT youth who have committed suicide due to an atmosphere of bullying and intimidation. We express our prayers of healing to the LGBT youth or anyone who feels excluded and on the margins of society. We call for a transformation of all structures that adds to this atmosphere.
8th Day Center for Justice Staff
Resources for support and further education:
- To read our other statement in support of LGBT youth, please click here.
- Educators site for GLBT resources
- The Trevor Project - GLBT suicide prevention
- New Ways Ministry - Gay positive ministry of advocacy and justice for the LGBT Catholics.
- The Fortunate Families newsletter is published 8 to 10 times yearly. It includes up-to-date news concerning lesbian and gay Catholics and their parents, thought-provoking articles, stories from parents and others, and a calendar of events.
- Equally Blessed
If you are aware of other resources and would like to have them added to the list. Please contact the 8th Day Center at .
1 8th Day Center for Justice, “8th Day Center for Justice Goals” August 2010, 22 March 2011 .
2“National Catholic Reporter,” Ncronline.org 19 October 2010, 22 March 2011 .