Hi! We’re delfin bautista, Jason Hernandez and Rebeca del Cristo. Delfin and Jason are married, and Rebeca is delfin’s mom.
Rebeca is a native of Cuba and immigrated to South Florida when she was 20. She lives in Miami, FL with her three daughters. Delfin and Jason were both born and raised in Miami and currently live in Athens, OH.
Rebeca is an active member of Mother of Our Redeemer Parish in Miami. She wears a rainbow pin and a PFLAG t-shirt to mass every Sunday. Parents at her parish are now seeking her out in private to tell her that they, too, have LGBT children. They are looking for someone to talk to and don’t feel comfortable speaking with the parish priest.
For Jason and delfin, Catholicism is a part of who they are. However they no longer feel welcome in church settings, and are tired of being looked down upon and having to prove their personhood and their faith. They still live their Catholic faith through their involvement in the LGBT Catholic community and larger Church Reform movement. Delfin serves on the Call To Action Board of Directors and is the co-chair for DignityUSA’s Trans Caucus.
In 2012, delfin traveled to Rio De Janeiro for Equally Blessed’s World Youth Day pilgrimage. At World Youth Day, delfin realized that we are not alone and that there is a community of solidarity for LGBT Catholics and allies around the world. We hope that this pilgrimage will be similar, and that we’ll have an opportunity to build solidarity with other families around the world. We are excited to participate in this Equally Blessed pilgrimage as a family. The family that witnesses together, stays together.
For many of us who are Latino, speaking up and speaking out against religious authority is frowned upon. We hope that this pilgrimage will be an opportunity for us to be witnesses and show other Latino families that we have a voice and that our voices need to be heard. Asking questions does not make one a bad Catholic.
“Familia es familia” is the motto for many Hispanic and Latino families. Things may be complicated, but we hold it together and find ways to be resilient as a family. Family is not limited to blood or biology, family is community. Together you struggle and together you celebrate. We want the church, the pope, the world to recognize that all families– families of all shapes, sizes, makeups, configurations– are equally blessed. All our families have the right to be respected and celebrated.