That IDAHOT, 17 May be included in Catholic Church Diocesan and School Calendars
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May 17 marks the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. This day celebrates the anniversary of the day the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders The goal of this day is to articulate action and reflection in order to combat all physical, moral or symbolic violence related to sexual orientation or gender identity.
As a Gay Catholic I invite you to address the issue of homophobia and transphobia in our faith community.
The culture of homophobia is contrary to the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church which clearly states that "They (Homosexual persons) must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. #2358."
The culture of homophobia also offends against Catholic Social Teachings, particularly the principle of the dignity of human life.
The culture of homophobia has become a culture of death for too many young people in our Church and Australian community.
As a member of the Church I ask you to:
· Include May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in calendars of your Diocese and area of ministry
· Encourage worshipping communities to include a prayer petition for those who are victims and those who perpetuate homophobia in our church as a regular part of public prayer.
· Use May 17 as a day to make public statements condemning the culture of homophobia in our church
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