Jolene Capozzi remembers the first time she received Holy Communion at Open Door Metropolitan Community Church in Boyds, 17 years ago. After the wafer was placed on her tongue, tears began to stream down her face. “I cried my eyes out,” she said. “I was like, this feels really good.” A lifelong, devoted Catholic, Capozzi said she had never before felt welcome at church. Constrained by her own religious beliefs, Capozzi hid her sexuality until she was 44, was married and had two children. At Open Door, Capozzi, 61, said she can be a lesbian and still feel loved by God.
The number of welcoming congregations, synagogues, mosques and places of worship is growing.