I never get tired of telling people that Catholic parents of LGBT people are among the most dedicated and consistently strong advocates for equality in the church. As people who have strong attachments to both their children and their faith, parents serve as natural “bridges” between the LGBT community and the institutional church, a job that is extremely important in the work of reconciliation between these two groups.
Today is Mother’s Day, so it is appropriate to reflect on the role that mothers have played in the Catholic LGBT movement. I was reminded of their influence this week when I read a story about a Canadian mother in Edmonton, Alberta, who has filed a complaint to the local Catholic school board there because her seven-year old transgender daughter was not allowed to use the girls’ restroom.
GlobalNews.ca quoted the mom’s concern:
“It’s not just for my daughter. It’s…
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