This issue of the Quarterly Voice presents three reflections, each by a person intimately engaged with the transgender community.
Hilary Howes, the author of To Be or Not to Be: A Catholic Transsexual Speaks, served on the strategy group that formed Equally Blessed.
“Sister Monica” (a pseudonym) has been a Catholic sister for 53 years and has been ministering among the transgender community since 1999.
Mateo Williamson is a microbiologist from Arizona who identifies as an openly Catholic, transgender male. This year, he has been working at a shelter for homeless youth in New Jersey.
Highlights of DignityUSA's History
In 1983 the following resolution is adopted at a meeting of the National Assembly of Religious Brothers:
"We the members of the National Assembly of Religious Brothers wish to stand with all groups in their struggles for justice and, ...we believe that those whose sexual orientation is homosexual have been discriminated against by society at large as well as in the Church and, we believe that all men and women, including those of homosexual orientation, have a right to a full life in society as well as in the Church. Be it resolved that we are opposed to any unjust discrimination against those of homosexual orientation in society at large and in the Church, including its ministry, and... we the members of the NARB take an active role, together with our President and Board, in promoting legislation and other projects that favor human rights and justice for all, including those of homosexual orientation."