Editor’s Note: Press Releases are provided to Yellow Scene. In an effort to keep our community informed, we publish some press releases in whole.
Earlier this week, the Denver Archdiocese released guidance, entitled “Guidance for Issues Concerning the Human Person and Sexual Identity,” for Catholic schools instructing them to not re-enroll transgender or gender non-conforming students and to treat gay parents differently than heterosexual parents. Out Boulder County is deeply troubled by this guidance and the danger it poses to members of our community. It demands that school staff discriminate against LGBTQ+ youth and families and increases divisions within our communities.
Mardi Moore, Executive Director of Out Boulder County, has released a video strongly condemning the Denver Archbishops guidance to Catholic schools about LGBTQ+ youth and families. You can find a link to the video below. She also extended an invitation for the Archbishop to visit OBC’s Equality Center of the Rocky Mountains to speak with LGBTQ+ youth and people of faith. We hope the Archbishop will take this opportunity to educate himself and put an end to harmful ideas about LGBTQ+ people in the Colorado Catholic Church.
“Of all the religious trauma that I see in the LGBTQ+ community due to hateful beliefs and teachings, that caused by the Catholic Church is among the most egregious. I hope that the Archbishop will take me up on my invitation to visit the Equality Center of the Rocky Mountains and meet with LGBTQ+ families of faith,” said Moore. “These misguided and dangerous actions are a poignant reason why membership in the Catholic Church continues to decline.”
Michal Duffy, Director of Education and Research, added, “This guidance is out of step with the love cultivated in many LGBTQ+ Catholic families. I hope those families know that there are affirming faith communities where they will be fully accepted and celebrated. This hateful guidance reflects on the Archbishop, not on the value or values of the many Catholics who are LGBTQ+ or LGBTQ+ affirming.”
View Moore’s video response here.
About Out Boulder County
Working independently and in collaboration, we facilitate connection, advocacy, education, research and programs to ensure LGBTQ+ people and communities thrive in Boulder County and beyond. www.outboulder.org
To find an LGBTQ+ affirming faith community, visit: www.outboulder.org/faith