Articles and Brochures

Listed below are brochures and articles you may find helpful whether you are an LGBT person, a parent or relative of an LGBT person, someone who ministers with LGBT persons and/or their families, or someone who wants to know more about their LGBT friends, neighbors and co-workers.  Their being listed does not necessarily mean that Fortunate Families agrees with all the views presented in these documents.

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Alison, JamesLetter of response to friends in the aftermath of the Vatican Instruction of 29 Nov 2005Church teaching  SeminariesDec 5, 2005.  English theologian.  This and other articles also available in Spanish and French on same link.
Alison, JamesVarious articles and talks. Includes Spanish, French, Italian and other language translations.Church teachingVarious
American Academy of PediatricsPromoting the Well-Being of Children Whose Parents Are Gay or LesbianSocial sciencesPediatrics Vol. 131 No. 4 April 1, 2013. From Conclusion: "... it is in the best interests of children that they be able to partake in the security of permanent nurturing and care that comes with the civil marriage of their parents, without regard to their parents’ gender or sexual orientation.... When marriage of their parents is not a viable option, children should not be deprived of the opportunity for temporary foster care or adoption by single parents or couples, irrespective of their sexual orientation."
American Psychological AssociationBisexuality not a transitional phase among women, according to researchSocial Sciences BisexualityJanuary 15, 2008 Press Release
American Psychological AssociationAnswers to Your Questions For a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation.Social sciences2008
American Psychological AssociationAnswers to Your Questions About Transgender Individuals and Gender IdentitySocial sciences2006 brochure
American Psychological AssociationLesbian & Gay ParentingSocial sciences2005 Study
Auburn Media, Fenton, and Simon Goodwin Strategic Research"My Mind Was Changed": A Communications ToolkitAdvocacy, Stories"If we are to make full inclusion in our churches and in our society possible, we need to better understand the views and feelings of Christians. With this in mind, Auburn Media, Fenton, and Goodwin Simon Strategic research -- with a grant from the Arcus Foundation -- set out to find the best way to help Christians see how their faith, built upon the teachings of Jesus Christ, supported being all-inclusive and welcoming. We wanted to help change hearts and minds on the place of LGBT people in the church. This toolkit is the result of that work." The story of former Fortunate Families board member, Tom Nelson, is featured.
Brazilian Catholic LGBT groupsPastoral challenges to the Family in the context of EvangelizationSocial Sciences, FamilyDecember 2013 response to the Bishop consultation for the Oct. 2014 World Synod of Bishops. Sent to the Nuncio in Brazil.
Catholic Association for Lesbian & Gay MinistriesNACDLGM Statement to the Vatican document "Concerning the Criteria of Vocational Discernment Regarding Persons with Homosexual Tendencies In View Of Their Admission To Seminaries and Holy Orders"Church teaching  SeminariesGay Catholic Forum 29-Nov-05
Catholic Association for Lesbian & Gay Ministries2006 U.S. Bishop's Document: "Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care" STATEMENT IN RESPONSEChurch teachingIssued November 22, 2006. Included in Fortunate Families November 2006 newsletter.
Catholic Gay & Lesbian Family MinistryWhat every parish can do ...Pastoral careCompilation of ideas generated by a group of parish ministers
Congregation for Catholic EducationConcerning the Criteria of Vocational Discernment Regarding Persons with Homosexual Tendencies In View Of Their Admission To Seminaries and Holy OrdersChurch teaching  SeminariesInstruction from the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education AND Statement on the Recent Instruction from the Congregation for Catholic Education, Bishop William S. Skylstad of Spokane, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Curran, Charles EA Vatican II view could allow for gay, lesbian unionsChurch teaching, Public policyNational Catholic Reporter, September 5, 2003
DeBernardo, Frank Marriage Equality: A Positive Catholic ApproachChurch TeachingCatholics across the nation are supporting marriage equality fo lesbian and gay couples. This perspective is rooted in the Catholic social justice tradition.
Dutwin, David , Ph.D., Vice President Social Science Research Solutions (SSRS)LGBT Acceptance and Support: The Hispanic PerspectiveSocial SciencesHispanic perspectives on LGBT acceptance and support
Family Acceptance ProjectA Practitioner's Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT ChildrenSocial sciencesThis critical new practitioner’s resource guide was written by Dr. Caitlin Ryan, FAP’s Director and is based on current research and more than a decade of family intervention work conducted by Dr. Ryan and her team.
The guide is designed to help health, mental health and social service practitioners implement best practices in family-focused prevention and care for LGBT youth.
Family Acceptance ProjectSupportive Families, Healthy ChildrenSocial sciencesInformative report on Dr. Caitlin Ryan’s study of family rejection on the well-being of gay and transgender youth. Lists both negative and positive parental behaviors that can either put a child at greater risk – or improve her/his self-esteem.
Fortunate FamiliesConscience: Some Relevant QuotesChurch teaching - ConsciencePrimacy of Conscience is one of Catholic teaching's best kept secrets.  Here are some quotes to help get this teaching out of the closet.
Fortunate FamiliesA Pastoral Approach Toward Catholics In Same-Sex RelationshipsChurch teachingFortunate Families, Jun 2005.  Companion document to “Alternative Catholic Approach to Same-Sex Union Legislation"
Fortunate FamiliesWhat Do We Tell Our Kids about Gay and Lesbian People?Church teachingFortunate Families, Jun 2005
Fortunate FamiliesFortunate Families' Talking Points for Catholic Parents with LGBT Daughters and SonsPastoral careDeveloped in response to Catholic campus minister who challenged Fortunate Families' "ambiguous stance with regard to Church teaching on homosexuality."
Fortunate FamiliesSummary of Family Rejection Study by Caitlin RyanSocial SciencesThis study, presented in the January, 2009 issues of "Pediatrics," "establishes a clear link between specific parental and caregiver rejecting behaviors and negative health problems in young lesbian, gay and bisexual adults."
Fortunate FamiliesCloset Catholic TeachingsChurch teachingA working document highlighting teachings often conveniently ignored by church leaders when they make statements about LGBT persons and issues.
Fortunate FamiliesAlternative Catholic Approach to Same-Sex Union LegislationChurch teachingFortunate Families, Jan 2005.  Companion document to “A Pastoral Approach Toward Catholics In Same-Sex Relationships”
Fortunate Families newsletter readers2006 U.S. Bishop's Document: "Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care" Feedback (Excerpts) from Fortunate Families newsletter readers.Church teachingCompiled by Casey Lopata. Included in Fortunate Families November 2006 newsletter.
Fowler, Dr. Sidney F.Out In Season: A Transgender Encounter with the Church YearPastoral Care TransgenderExploration, with transgender sisters and bothers, of the journey from the longings of Advent, the joy of Christmas and the depths of Lent to the good news of Easter hope.
Fox, Tom (NCR)Family Life: Fortunate FamiliesPastoral careNovember 28, 2008 National Catholic Reporter (NCR) article about Fortunate Families.
Furlong, JerryCommitment CeremonySpiritualityA commitment ceremony that seeks God’s presence in a union.
Garascia, Beth Family, Sexuality and Spirituality: Why Do I Remain a Catholic?Spirituality
Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN)Just the Facts About Sexual Orientation & Youth: A Primer for Principals, Educators & School PersonnelSocial sciencesA collaborative brochure developed and endorsed by ten education, health, mental health, and religious organizations
Glaser, Rev. ChrisGender Identity and Our Faith Communities: A Congregational Guide for Transgender AdvocacyPastoral Care TransgenderCurriculum to empower people of faith to transform their communities into welcoming environments. Based on the contributions of transgender people, their families and clergy.
Gramick, Jeannine & DeBernardo, FrancisA Catholic case for same-sex marriageChurch teachingFeb. 14 Op-ed in Washington Post. Written in the name of Equally Blessed.
Howes, HilaryTo Be or Not to Be: A Catholic Transsexual SpeaksPastoral Care TransgenderFirst appeared in Conscience, Vol. XXXI - No. 2, 2 2010.
HRC / NGLTF / UNID@SA La FamiliaSocial sciences Lationo/aBilingual guide on sexual orientation, gender identity and the Bible for Latino/a families and churches. Guía bilingüe dirigida a familias e iglesias latinas para educar sobre la orientación sexual, la identidad de género y la Biblia.
Jones, Robert P. and Daniel CoxCatholic Attitudes on Gay and Lesbian Issues: A Comprehensive Portrait from Recent ResearchSocial SciencesMarch 2011 Public Religion Research Institute report. The most comprehensive national portrait to date of Catholic attitudes on gay and lesbian issues.
Kehoe, TomGuidelines for persons of faith in the GLBT community and their relatives and friendsPastoral careApr-07
LaSala,Michael C., Ph.D., LCSWAfrican American Gay Youth and Their Parents: Coping with Double StigmaSocial SciencesFrom Psychology Today, Oct. 21, 2010 blog. Rutgers U. prof says parents of black gay and lesbian youth know their children face a double stigma: race and sexual orientation. Black families hope their sons and daughters can surmount the mountainous obstacles society lays before them, made steeper by being gay.
Lopata, CaseyCan My Son Be Gay and Catholic?Church teachingOpen Hands, Fall 1998
Lopata, CaseyExecutive Summary, Parents Voice Project Survey ReportExperienceAugust 2007 report on responses of 229 Catholic parents of LGBT daughters and sons to survey conducted in 2006 by Fortunate Families
Lopata, Casey & Mary EllenBad Faith: The Catholic Hierarchy's Pointless Campaign Against LGBT RightsPastoral CarePosted on Religion Dispatches (, August 3, 2011.
Lopata, J.A.Catholic parents as "secret weapons": A gay son talks to his Catholic parents about grassroots support, challenges from church hierarchy, and their new book "Fortunate Families"Pastoral careInnewsweekly: New England's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender newspaper. Jul 2004
Lopata, Mary EllenGod's Love Revealed: Reflections on being a Catholic motherExperienceHomosexuality and the Catholic High School, Ottawa-Carleton Catholic School Board, Sep 2001
Lopata, Mary Ellen & Casey2006 U.S. Bishops’ Document: Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care: MESSAGE TO FORTUNATE FAMILIES READERSChurch teachingSent to Fortunate Families email subscribers and then included in Fortunate Families November 2006 newsletter.
Lopata, Mary Ellen & CaseyPEACE BEGINS IN THE GAY FRIENDLY HOME – 1 JAN 2013Human RightsOp-ed in Jan. 1, 2103 Washington Post. "An ever-lengthening stream of public opinion polls confirm that a majority of U.S. Catholics support marriage equality and want to get rid of laws that discriminate against LGBT people.... Whether because of the great value that Catholic voters place on the family—all kinds of families—or the commitment rooted in church social justice teachings to treat all people equally, the U. S. Catholic electorate has crossed a bridge on this issue and shows no sign of going back."
Lopata, Mary Ellen and CaseyBuilding healthy families for lgbt kids-what every parent needs to know/Social Sciences, Pastoral CareJuly 17, 2012, New Ways Ministry Bondings 2.0 blog posting
Lopata, Mary Ellen and CaseyWhen A Child Says I'm GayPastoral careThe Journal of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers, Volume 15, Issue 4, Winter 1998, p. 3
Lopata, Mary Ellen and CaseyGod Looks at the Heart: Diaconal Ministry with LGBT Youth and their FamiliesPastoral careJuly 2012 Deacon Digest article from the perspective of Catholic parents of a gay son
Lynch, Fr. BernardResponse to the "Instruction" from Father Bernard LynchChurch teaching  SeminariesAn openly gay Roman Catholic priest in London
McElwee, Joshua J. & Zoe Ryan (NCR)Bishops condemn NY marriage law, other Catholics celebrateHuman rightsJuly 5, 2011. National Catholic Reporter
Nelson, TomGod Gave me a Gay Son and I did not always think it a blessingExperienceNotre Dame Magazine, Summer 2004, Vol. 33, No. 2, p. 34-38]
Ontario (Canada) Catholic Family Life Educators NetworkHomosexuality and the Catholic High SchoolPastoral MinistrySeptember 2001 compilation of newsletters with extensive new material. Included are reflections by Catholic teachers, psychologists, chaplains and parents of children in Catholic schools.
Pickett, WilliamA Parent's Perspective:
Transsexual Identity
and Wholeness
Experience  TransgenderFortunate Families, Jun 2005
Price, DebSupport grows for those who are gay and CatholicExperienceOct. 29, 2007.  Detroit News by syndicated columnist.
Robinson, Bishop GeoffreySexual Relationships: Where does our morality come from?Church teachingMarch 16, 2012 talk at New Ways Ministry Symposium. Conclusion: "I am convinced that there now needs to be a new study of everything to do with sexuality .... I am convinced that any such study, if conducted with total honesty and integrity, would have a profound influence on church teaching concerning all sexual relationships, both heterosexual and homosexual."
Saunders, KathyMom, Dad, I'm GayPastoral careU.S. Catholic, August 2004
Schoelles, Patricia A.Making Moral DecisionsChurch teaching"Some decisions require us to become more deliberate about considering our choices and the eventual consequences of our actions. It is primarily for situations of this sort that this article is intended. A review of some of the elements of moral decision making may help us become tuned in to the many helps at our disposal when we do come upon some of the "tough decisions" that are part of faithful Catholic living in the twentieth century."
Szumiloski, Leonard J.Enfolding Gay Son
Elevates Family
ExperienceDemocrat & Chronicle (Rochester, NY), Apr 16, 1998
Szumiloski, Leonard J.Gay Agenda is
Just Human Agenda
Human rightsDemocrat & Chronicle (Rochester, NY), Nov 6, 1998
Thomas, Fr. GerardResponse to the "Instruction" from Fr. Gerard ThomasChurch teaching  SeminariesPseudonym of a Catholic priest who is celibate and gay, and in active ministry in the U.S.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops [USCCB]2006 U.S. Bishop's Document: Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral CareChurch teachingDeveloped by the Committee on Doctrine of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). It was approved for publication by the full body of bishops at its November 2006 General Meeting.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop's Committee on Marriage and Family"Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children " and "Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers"Pastoral care4th printing, Oct 2005
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Walter WinkHomosexuality and the BibleScriptureWalter Wink is a United Methodist minister and Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City.
Whitehead, James D. & Whitehead, Evelyn Eaton Born in Grace: Reflections on Gender-Diverse ChildrenSocial Sciences - TransgenderA December 2013 essay that concludes: "As church groups and religious institutions offer more gracious welcome to the sexual diversity in our midst, we will be enriched by now-unrecognized gifts of the transgender children and adults among us."
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