Dignity Boston In the News
Gay Catholics laud pope’s remarks, but say words are insufficient
Gay Catholic families plan pilgrimage to see pope
By Lisa Wangsness GLOBE STAFF SEPTEMBER 13, 2015
Marcia Garber knows what she would say to Pope Francis if she could talk with him during his first trip to the United States later this month.
Garber, an observant Catholic whose second child was designated female at birth but always felt like a boy, would like to know what Francis would have done if he had been in her shoes.
“How does he expect a parent to behave when your child’s gender doesn’t fit?” said Garber, who lives in Manchester, N.H. “We couldn’t say to our child, who was in so much distress, ‘Well, this is your cross for you to bear for your life.’ ”
LGBT Catholics are looking forward to Pope Francis’s US visit and hoping for change
Boston members of Dignity/USA Marcia Garber and Marianne Duddy-Burke were interviewed for PRI World in advance of Pope Francis's visit to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in Sept. 2015.
“I think it would be really helpful for him to come out and talk about the dignity of LGBT people, that we should not face discrimination. If he talked about the need to end criminalization of being gay, or the violence against LGBT people that’s happening in so many places throughout the world, that could have a huge impact globally,” Duddy-Burke says.
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