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Building a Bridge Resources

This list contains various books, articles, church statements, and more that can help us all understand the contours of the relationship between the LGBTQ+ community and the Church and the work done to heal that relationship. We are sharing these resources because we believe they can be helpful for dialogue and understanding. Members of our community compiled these links. Because of the breadth and depth of these resources, some links may contain content that could contradict current Catholic teaching. The parish does not endorse the positions of any of these organizations or resources.

  • Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter Into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity by Father James Martin, SJ
  • Pride and Prejudice: A history of the relationship between LGBTQ Catholics and the Church by Elizabeth Lefebvre and Kristen Hannum from US Catholic (April 2018)
  • Lighthouse Resource Guide for LGBTQ Young Adults

Start by reading Building a Bridge by Fr. James Martin, SJ.

  • A summary of the major ideas can be found in America: The Jesuit Review from April 2016

Teen fiction about lesbian, gay, and bisexual identities

Teen fiction about transgender, gender-fluid, and gender-nonconforming identities

Books for parents

This Remarkable Gift: Being Gay and Catholic by Maurice Shinnick

Queerfully and Wonderfully Made: A Guide for Lgbtq+ Christian Teens by Leigh Finke

Fortunate Families – a national organization of Catholic parents with LGBTQ+ children supporting others to affirm, celebrate and seek equality for their families

Understanding Church Teaching on LGBTQ+ Identities *note: Some of these statements can be triggering for some members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies*

New Ways Ministry: National organization that educates and advocates for justice and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Catholics and reconciliation within the larger Church and civil communities

DignityUSA: National organization that works for respect and justice for people of all sexual orientations, genders, and gender identities in the Catholic Church and the world through education, advocacy, and support

Equally Blessed: A coalition of all four major US Catholic LGBTQ+ organizations

Global Network of Rainbow Catholics: The ‘Global Network of Rainbow Catholics’ connects Catholic LGBTQ+ groups internationally.

Trevor Project: The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Where is the Place for Devout Gay Families in the Church? by Emma Green from The Atlantic (October 2015)

Father James Alison, a publicly gay priest, testimony:

AIDS and the Hidden Church by Michael J. O’Laughlin from The Revealer (June 2020)

What the Church is Doing to Welcome LGBT Catholics by J.D. Long-Garcia from America: The Jesuit Review (June 2020)

Stonewall’s Jubilee: A Time for Joyous Prayer by Francis DeBernardo from New Ways Ministries (June 2019) 50 years of Stonewall’s influence

The Case for Why Catholics Should March in LGBT Pride Parades by John Gehring from The Washington Post (June 2019)​

What Does a Church Open to LGBT Catholics Look Like by Fr. James Martin, SJ from America: The Jesuit Review (August 2019)

LGBTQ Ministry is for the Good of All by Fr. Bryan Massingale from US Catholic (August 2020)

A Secret Love (2020) on Netflix

For the Bible Tells Me So (2007)

For They Know Not What They Do (2019)

The New Black (2013) – about the black community and LGBTQ marriage equality

Pray Away (2021) on Netflix

Plague: Untold Stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church by Michael O’Loughlin of America: The Jesuit Review

Tabard Inn from Vine & Fig

Queerology by Matthias Robert

Jesuitical from America Media – has some episodes focused on LGBTQ+ issues