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Catholic LGBTQ Group Marches at Pride2014 in Baltimore

For the past couple of years I’ve been working with a group of LGBTQ activists at St. Matthews Roman Catholic Church in Northeast Baltimore. Even before Pope Francis queried, “who am I to judge,” last year, signaling a possible shift in the Catholic Church’s problematic stance on LGBTQ people, the St. Matthews LEAD ministry and others like it have broadcast the message “All Are Welcome” – in St. Matthew’s parish and in the Catholic Church.

LEAD has about 40 active members, about half LGBTQ and the other half allies, most with gay children, siblings or other family members. Last week, LEAD marched with 24 other Baltimore faith communities – Unitarian, Lutheran, Methodist, Jewish, Presbyterian and 3 other Catholic parishes – in the Baltimore PRIDE parade.