The Archdiocese of Omaha recently released a new policy outlined in “Pastoral Guidelines for Gender Dysphoria.” This policy, scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2023, is extremely harmful to transgender and nonbinary individuals and their loved ones and will negatively impact the 19,000 students enrolled in 70 Catholic schools across the archdiocese.
The new policy states that the schools should only regard a student as their gender assigned at birth. This includes, but is not limited to, refusing to acknowledge the student’s pronouns, chosen name and bathroom choice, as well as enforcing gender-stereotypical dress codes and restricting athletic participation of trans students with others of their same gender. Not conforming to these rules is grounds for dismissal, according to the policy.
The Archdiocese of Omaha policy’s claim of ‘love’ is appalling. DignityUSA believes in the wholeness and holiness of everyone, no matter one's gender or sexuality.
We must speak up against this harmful policy! Join us in urging the Archdiocese of Omaha to revoke this damaging policy before it goes into effect!
I join with the thousands of supporters of DignityUSA, the world’s foremost organization of Catholics committed to justice, equality, and full inclusion of LGBTQI people in our church and society, in strongly condemning the Archdiocese of Omaha’s new policy as outlined in “Pastoral Guidelines for Gender Dysphoria.” This policy is exclusionary and extremely harmful to transgender and nonbinary individuals. I urge the Archdiocese of Omaha to revoke this damaging policy before it goes into effect, and to live and promote the Gospel values of love, compassion, welcome, understanding and unity to the most vulnerable, especially our children and youth.