October 21, 2020. This morning, a number of media outlets are reporting that during a documentary interview Pope Francis expressed support for civil union laws for same-sex couples to ensure that they are “legally covered.” DignityUSA, the organization of Catholics committed to justice, equality and full inclusion of LGBTQI people in our church and society, is cautiously optimistic about this development, while acknowledging that we are very early in the story.
Since 1995, DignityUSA and our allies have gathered together on Solidarity Sunday, a special event to remember those affected by violence and hate crimes against LGBTQI people and to combat the religious justifications for anti-LGBTQI violence. Since its beginning, hundreds of thousands have joined together for Solidarity Sunday. The annual event has been joined by national organizations like GLAAD, PFLAG, and many more.