LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer) issues have been a major debate in our society the last two decades of the 20th Century and continues to be in the first two decades of the 21st Century. Whether it is marriage, child rearing, bullying or hate crimes there isn't a topic that doesn't include some element of LGBT. Contrary to media and some political talking heads, most Americans want everyone to be who they are. It only becomes a problem when militant activity overrides the civil rights issue. We have much to agree with on this subject if we would not let the very small militant groups dominate the conversation. Separating political agendas and fringe militancy from the honest social debate on this issue is needed. LGBT demographics were revealed in a 2017 Gallup poll concluded that 4.5% of adult Americans identified as LGBT with 5.1% of women identifying as LGBT, compared with 3.9% of men. A different survey in 2016, from the Williams Institute, estimated that 0.6% of U.S. adults identify as transgender. Follow the debate below.

LGBTQ & the Catholic Church

from The Gray Area:

The relationship between the Catholic Church and the LGBTQ community is often misunderstood and regularly stated in error. Catholics, and for that matter all Christians, hate gay people. That is not true. The opposite is true.

Catholic Social Teaching and the Catechism, an almost 1,000 page book, explains this in clear detail, yet many Catholics, Christians and certainly the secular world, get it all wrong. The subtleties of Catholic teaching on the subject are totally missed or ignored, yet critically important to understanding.

This homily is as good an explanation on the subject as you can find. You owe it to yourself to take 16 minutes and listen.

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