Queer and Catholic Can Co-Exist, These Folks Say. Will Francis Listen?

Meli, Breanna, Maddie, and Evan

In late January, we walked around Panama City streets jammed with young Catholics while wearing rainbow sashes and buttons, and carrying a sign that read “Faithful Catholics committed to full equality for LGBTQI persons.”

We were a delegation from Equally Blessed, a coalition of three organizations committed to LGBTQI justice in the Catholic Church: DignityUSANew Ways Ministry, and Call to Action. We were attending World Youth Day, a gathering of more than 500,000 Catholics — between the ages of 18 and 35 — to celebrate their faith through prayer services, teachings, and fiestas. We were there for two reasons: to raise awareness that there are folx who identify as both LGBTQI and Catholic; and to insist on full acceptance of the LGBTQI community into our Church.

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