Resources

For all

Always Our Children — United States Conference of Catholic Bishops initial (1997) statement about the pastoral care of gay, lesbian, trangender and bisexual individuals.

Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care — An updated (2006) statement on the ministry to persons with same-sex attraction.

God is On Your Side: A Statement from Catholic Bishops on Protecting LGBT Youth — LGBT+ inclusion statement from the Tyler Clementi Foundation, whose mission is to end online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces, and faith communities, and signed by Bishop Alberto Rojas.

The Trevor Project — A nonprofit organization founded in 1998 focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth. In crisis? Call 866-488-7386.

Human Rights Campaign — National LGBT organization’s religion (including Catholic) and faith resources.

Gifted and Called —  A Catholic LGBT faith group based in Palm Springs. You can also call St. Theresa’s Church directly at 760-323-2669.

Foothill AIDS Project — Claremont-based AIDS organization.

DAP Health — Palm Springs-based healthcare (including AIDS) organization.

For parents

Fortunate Families — A resource and networking ministry with Catholic parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children.

Listening Parents — Catholic parents of a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender daughter or son who have graciously volunteered to listen to and share their personal experience with other parents. Commission member Gloria Austin is a Listening Parent.

Books

  • Fortunate Families by Mary Ellen Lopata
  • Coming Out to Parents: A Two-Way Survival Guide for Lesbian Women and Gay Men and Their Parents by Mary Borhek
  • Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church & the LGBT Community Can Enter into A Relationship of Respect, Compassion, & Sensitivity by Fr. James Martin, SJ
  • What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality by Daniel Helminiak
  • Setting the Table by James Schexnayder

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