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 May, Father Pat asks Bob Fourier to draw up a Constitution for Dignity. Bob writes the first draft of Dignity's Statement of Position and Purpose. The second paragraph of the original statement, which has played such a pivotal part in Dignity's evolution, read as follows:
"We believe that homosexuality is a natural variation on the use of sex. It implies no sickness or immorality. Those with such sexual orientation have a natural right to use their power of sex in a way that is both responsible and fulfilling.... and should use it with a sense of pride."