When All Saints Church sought to signal its hospitality to gays and lesbians, the Catholic parish in Syracuse, N.Y., turned to a well-known image from the 9/11 attacks: five firefighters carrying a body from the wreckage of the World Trade Center.
The body belonged to the Rev. Mychal Judge, a Franciscan fire chaplain who rushed to the burning buildings and was killed by falling debris. Later, a half-hidden secret emerged about the gallant priest: he was gay.
All Saints hopes the statue will demonstrate that the parish, following Judge’s lead, is committed to closing the chasms between rich and poor, black and white, gay and straight, said the Rev. Fred Daley, the church’s pastor.
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Strongly Catholic Philippines Elects Its First Transgender Lawmaker | Bondings 2.0
The heavily Catholic nation of the Philippines this week elected their first transgender person to the House of Representatives, while at the same time electing to the Senate a boxing star who made a vicious anti-gay comment during his campaign.
The Tablet reported that the transgender woman won the congressional seat by a wide margin of votes:
“Liberal Party candidate Geraldine Roman, who has been living as a woman for more than two decades, trounced her closest rival in the congressional district of Bataan, winning 62 per cent of the unofficial vote.”
“If Jesus Christ was alive today, he would not approve of discrimination. I firmly believe that.”During the campaign, Roman, a Catholic, answered critics who said she should not be running for office. She told the AFP:
Roman, who succeeds her mother as representative of their home district of Bataan, campaigned saying that her first loyalty was to the people of her district. But she also did not downplay LGBT issues, making them an integral part of her platform. On the campaign trail, AFP reported:
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12 celebrities showing you can be LGBTI and a Christian
Talented, successful, LGBTI – and Christian? These men and women show you can be all of the above
Originally from Britain, with a theology degree from Oxford University under her belt, Vicky Beeching has America’s contemporary worship music scene firm in her hand – so much she’s been hailed as ‘the most influential Christian of her generation’.
Originally Hailing from Liverpool, Bloc Party’s lead singer and guitarist Kele went to a Catholic School in London’s Woodford Green, before going off to university at King’s College London and meeting Russell Lissack at Reading Festival, where they formed their band.
Source: – Gay Star News