Dear Bishop, I wear a rainbow pin

Dear Bishop,

I house discarded LGBT youth; 8 so far this year. I have bandaged a child who has been beaten. I have prayed over the nearly-lifeless body of a child who attempted suicide. I house, feed, counsel and love these children. I speak at vigils, write letters to fundamentalists, and remind clergy not to tell these children that they are hell bound because of their orientation. You might call me a gay activist. I am, and I would ask you to join me. Do you have a homeless shelter that will reach out to LGBT youth in your diocese??? Non discrimination clauses in schools and hiring? Oh and …I wear a rainbow pin every day because…

  • I believe that the rainbow is a symbol of a promise from God.
  • I believe we are all His children, and have an inheritance in that promise.
  • I believe that wearing it reminds those who would deny my child a place at His table that they don’t own the guest list.
  • I believe that wearing it gives hope to a gay youngster that there are adults who can love him.
  • I believe that wearing it gives parents an open door to talk to me about their gay children; and that leads to affirmed and healthy children.
  • I believe that it starts the conversation with those who are ignorant of the struggles of gay folk.

So, if you see me in your communion line with a rainbow cross, or pin, or peace sign; I would hope you realize that wearing the pin is my way of reaching out to the marginalized, and reminding them that they are welcome, loved.

When I serve as extraordinary minister of the Eucharist, I wear it to remind me not to judge anyone who comes forward, but instead to share with them the table of the Lord. We are all God’s children, He loves us all.

Sponsored by Equally Blessed, a coalition of faithful Catholics who support full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people both in the church and civil society.

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