On the opening day of the World Meeting of Families, Catholic LGBT people and their families introduced themselves to the media and the wider world. GLAAD is working with Equally Blessed, who organized the pilgrimage of the LGBT families.
"While the bi community must overcome a disproportionally high hurdle in order to access hard resources and to achieve, I felt we were in a space where being ourselves was valuable, productive, and enough."
This year, GLAAD and BiNet USA will once again participate in #BiWeek, a week-long national campaign from September 20-26 that draws attention to the stories, challenges, and public policy concerns facing bisexual, pansexual, fluid, and queer people.
The White House has extended an invitation for GLAAD and LGBT Catholic leaders to attend the White House reception for Pope Francis. Ross Murray, GLAAD's Director of Programs, will be representing the organization at the ceremony which will welcome Pope Francis before the Pope and President Obama meet privately.
While global leaders gather for the United Nations General Assembly, GLAAD is hosting Global Voices and Media Messages of LGBT People—a sidebar panel discussion event—to discuss how global media facilitates pro- and anti-LGBT messages.
"We strongly believe this meeting would promote great healing and reconciliation in our Church and society...The Pope can help address this crisis by meeting with LGBT Catholic families like mine and hearing our stories of perseverance, hope, and struggle. This meeting would be an incredible first step towards healing together – and towards bringing us greater justice in the U.S. and across the globe," wrote Nicholas Coppola, a Catholic gay man.