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HRC Criticise UM Church’s Decision to Rescind Appointment of Lesbian Bishop

HRC Criticise UM Church’s Decision to Rescind Appointment of Lesbian Bishop

On Saturday, 29 April, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of America’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, released the following statement in response to the United Methodist Church’s (UMC) decision to rescind the appointment of openly lesbian Bishop, Karen Oliveto. Oliveto’s appointment was challenged earlier this year by the South Central Jurisdiction […]

Canadian Hopes To Become First Transgender Catholic Nun

Canadian Hopes To Become First Transgender Catholic Nun

A Canadian trans woman is hoping to become the world’s first transgender Catholic nun. Tia Pesando, from London, Ontario, has already received her local priest’s blessing, and is training to become a Carolinian sister. If Tia does become a nun, she will be the first transgender nun in the world. Speaking with Canada’s CTV, Pesando explains that two […]

80% of Congregation Leaves UM Church After Leader Fired for Being Gay

80% of Congregation Leaves UM Church After Leader Fired for Being Gay

The majority of a United Methodist Church congregation in Indiana have abandoned their church in protest over the dismissal of a church leader and choir director for being gay. Adam Fraley, a former choir director at the First United Methodist Church in Alexandra, Indiana, was fired by a new minister, who was uncomfortable with Fraley’s […]

UK: LGBT Catholics Seek Pastoral Response from Church

UK: LGBT Catholics Seek Pastoral Response from Church

A group of LGBT Catholics in Westminister, England, have written to the Bishops of England and Wales ahead of next year’s Extraordinary Synod in Rome, which will examine various issues of importance to the Catholic Church, including family life, birth control and same-sex relationships. The letter was written by the LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council, which […]

Europe Talks on LGBT People and Religion

Europe Talks on LGBT People and Religion

On Wednesday, November 13, the LGBT Intergroup of the European Parliament hosted a seminar on “Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Religion: A New Dialogue.” Dutch MEP Dennis de Jong introduced the topic, saying that the dominant discourse in the media has sometimes misrepresented the crossover that exists between those who advocate for LGBT rights, and […]

Human Rights Watch Calls On Pope To End LGBT Violence

Human Rights Watch Calls On Pope To End LGBT Violence

According to its letter to the Holy See, Human Rights Watch has called on Pope Francis to condemn violence and discrimination against LGBT people, and to ensure that Catholic officials act in accordance with church teachings. Expressing concern that the Catholic Church’s message to its global community has not always been consistent regarding LGBT issues, the rights organisation stated […]

US Cathedral Dean: “Homophobia Is A Sin”

US Cathedral Dean: “Homophobia Is A Sin”

The Very Reverend Gary Hall called homophobia “a sin” in his sermon yesterday at the Washington National Cathedral, held as part of a weekend of events devoted to LGBT youth at the Cathedral. In his Sunday sermon, the Very Rev. Gary Hall said the church should have the courage to call homophobia and heterosexism a sin. […]