For LGBTQ religious people, Valentine's Day can be a difficult holiday. Many who come from faith traditions that are not yet LGBTQ inclusive find that friends, family, and community membership are not able to celebrate the love they have found. For too many, this prompts a sense of having to choose between two equally important identities, and makes remaining in faith traditions difficult.
Thankfully, this Valentine's Day, a Catholic, faith-based coalition is working to spread a different message. Equally Blessed is motivated by a vision of a church where homophobia has no place, where all people--and all of the love they find--are celebrated. Amelia Blanton--coordinator of Equally Blessed--and her staff created provocative images that they have been spreading across social media platforms today, images which offer a desperately needed message of hope and healing for the Catholic Church. "My church may need reform," says a pink-and-red, cathedral-adorned graphic, "but, honey, you were made in God's image."
In a year that has already given us stories of LGBTQ oppression at Christian college campuses across the country, and as the Catholic Church stands at a crossroads with this week's news of the Papal resignation, the message of inclusion and welcome is as important as ever. GLAAD encourages you to share the images on your Facebook, and Twitter, and Instagram, and Pinterest, but especially with those people who need to know this Valentine's Day that abundant hope exists for LGBTQ religious people.