At the Second Vatican Council, we were told that “we” are the Church. We, God’s people, are the Church. The Creator made each of us in his image and likeness. The Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith stated in 1975 that there are “homosexuals who are such because of some kind of innate instinct.” That God created me gay/lesbian. He has called us, like Ezekiel and like the Twelve, to stand up and reach out to others.
In this thematic issue of the QV, we are pleased to share with you the difficult road to self-understanding and acceptance—both internal and external—faced by four transgender individuals and a transgender couple. While DignityUSA identifies itself as a GLBT Catholic organization as a matter of course, most of us know very little about the “T” component, much to the detriment of the wholeness of our faith communities.
"The priests and bishops are our brothers. Some honestly believe the Church teaching, and some know it is seriously in error. The Gospel calls us to teach them the truth of our lives, even if they have locked themselves in a dungeon of false theology and thrown away the key."
President - Dignity/Twin Cities
organizer of Rainbow Sash Alliance USA
"The world the bishops envision is one in which God’s gay and lesbian children would be told once again to deny their God-given selves; a world in which acts of hatred toward gay people would no doubt increase. While I do not believe the bishops would consciously promote physical violence against gay people, their message to gay people that they are somehow “less than” and “not fully human” promotes a violence to the heart and soul that is equally deadly."
“As part of the civil marriage service—prior to stating that the marriage is legal—these words are spoken: 'By the power vested in me by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts...' Those words alone echo in our hearts remembering the thunderous applause which sends shivers up your spine. We had not dared to hope for this level of acceptance.”
— Alice Knowles and Kathy Ann Gianino