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Jaszver Bauzon


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Jaszver Bauzon


Age | 30
Hometown | Pangasinan, Philippines
Current City | New York, NY
Occupation | Corporate Communications
Identify As | Gay Man

 

“A lot of people are surprised when I tell them I’m Catholic, or that I’m gay and that I’m both.” 

Jaszver Bauzon discusses his process of reconciling his faith with his sexuality and talks about his confirmation experience.   TRANSCRIPT

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Katie Chiarantona


Katie Chiarantona


Age | 30
Hometown | Chantilly, VA
Current City | Washington, D.C.
Catholic Education | Paul VI Catholic High School, Boston College
Occupation | Social Work
Identify As | Straight Woman

 

“As a straight woman, it matters to me that the Church is accepting of LGBT people because I have lesbian, gay, and bisexual friends who are my family.” 

Katie Chiarantona discusses why she struggles with the Church’s stance on LGBT people as a straight Catholic woman.   TRANSCRIPT

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Father Patrick J. Conroy


Father Patrick J. Conroy


Age | 64
Hometown | Everette, WA
Current City | Washington, D.C.
Occupation | Chaplain, U.S. House of Representatives
Identify As | Straight Man

 

“What is God doing with this community who longs to be fully participating in the sacramental life of our Church?” 

Father Patrick J. Conroy discusses sexuality and faith and recognizes that LGBT people are gifts to the Church.   TRANSCRIPT

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Andy Fotsch


Andy Fotsch


Age | 24
Hometown | Milwaukee, WI
Current City | San Diego, CA
Catholic Education | University of Notre Dame
Occupation | Architect
Identify As | Gay Man

 

“My friend and I talked to a couple of priests and their response was, 'If the Church isn't going to support your family then go find another Christian Church that supports you.'” 

Nana Fotsch and her four gay grandchildren gather to discuss coming out stories, reconciling sexuality and faith, and experience attending Catholic schools.   TRANSCRIPT

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Maria Fotsch


Maria Fotsch


Age | 22
Hometown | Milwaukee, WI
Current City | New York, NY
Catholic Education | University of Notre Dame
Occupation | Technology Consultant
Identify As | Gay Woman

 

“I came out when I was in college at a Catholic university but my friends didn't miss a beat.” 

Nana Fotsch and her four gay grandchildren gather to discuss coming out stories, reconciling sexuality and faith, and experience attending Catholic schools.   TRANSCRIPT

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Nana Fotsch


Nana Fotsch


Age | 83
Hometown | Glenview, IL
Current City | Elm Grove, WI
Occupation | Mother to 8 children; Nana to 30 grandchildren
Identify As | Straight Woman

 

“The song that we sing in Church, hymn, All Are Welcome In This Place, do we really mean that? Or is it just pretty words?” 

Nana Fotsch and her four gay grandchildren gather to discuss coming out stories, reconciling sexuality and faith, and experience attending Catholic schools.   TRANSCRIPT

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Alithea Howes


Alithea Howes


Age | 32
Hometown | Mill Valley, California
Current City | New York, NY
Occupation | Writer, Performer
Identify As | Hetero-Flexible

 

“Having LGBT people in the Church is a gift because it keeps it alive. It keeps it moving forward.” 

Hilary Howes, Celestine Howes and Alithea Howes share their story, discuss Hilary's transition and reflect on their Catholic faith. TRANSCRIPT

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Celestine Howes


Celestine Howes


Age | 62
Hometown | Honolulu, Hawaii
Current City | Greenbelt, MD
Occupation | Costume Designer
Identify As | Straight Woman

 

“Jesus reached out constantly to the under layers of society. To people that other people hated. He constantly went to them.” 

Hilary Howes, Celestine Howes and Alithea Howes share their story, discuss Hilary's transition and reflect on their Catholic faith. TRANSCRIPT

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Hilary Howes


Hilary Howes


Age | 60
Hometown | San Jose, CA
Current City | Greenbelt, MD
Occupation | Authenticity Evangelist
Identify As | Trans Woman

 

“It's as hard to be Catholic in the transgender community as it is to be transgender in a Catholic community.”

Hilary Howes, Celestine Howes and Alithea Howes share their story, discuss Hilary's transition and reflect on their Catholic faith. TRANSCRIPT

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Andy Lawton


Andy Lawton


Age | 30
Hometown | Milwaukee, WI
Current City | Portland, OR
Catholic Education | Catholic Memorial High School, University of Notre Dame
Occupation | Physician
Identify As | Gay Man

 

“I feel welcome, I do, but I feel I am always being a little bit cautious.” 

Nana Fotsch and her four gay grandchildren gather to discuss coming out stories, reconciling sexuality and faith, and experience attending Catholic schools.   TRANSCRIPT

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Chris Lawton


Chris Lawton


Age | 30
Hometown | Milwaukee, WI
Current City | New York, NY
Catholic Education | Catholic Memorial High School
Occupation | Physician
Film Co-Producer

Nana Fotsch and her four gay grandchildren gather to discuss coming out stories, reconciling sexuality and faith, and experience attending Catholic schools.   TRANSCRIPT

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Xorje Olivares


Xorje Olivares


Age | 26
Hometown | Eagle Pass, Texas
Current City | New York, NY
Occupation | Radio Anchor & Producer
Identify As | Gay Man

 

“When I go to Church I don’t see myself as a gay person, I just see myself as a Catholic.” 

Xorje Olivares shares struggles of living out his identity; equal parts being Catholic, gay and Latino.   TRANSCRIPT

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Cheryl Putorti


Cheryl Putorti


Age | 57
Hometown | Whitehall, NY
Current City | Whitehall, NY
Occupation | Small Business Owner
Identify As | Straight Woman

 

“I've always loved Matthew unconditionally and I don't care whether he's pink with white polka dots, I'm going to love him no matter what.” 

The Putorti family shares why it is so important for families to be accepting and loving of their children regardless of sexuality or gender identity.   TRANSCRIPT

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Francis Putorti


Francis Putorti


Age | 61
Hometown | Whitehall, NY
Current City | Whitehall, NY
Occupation | Small Business Owner
Identify As | Straight Man

 

“My biggest concern with Matthew being gay is our religion and if he said to me, Dad I have to leave the Catholic Church because they don't accept me, I would say Matthew I understand completely.” 

The Putorti family shares why it is so important for families to be accepting and loving of their children regardless of sexuality or gender identity.   TRANSCRIPT

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Matt Putorti


Matt Putorti


Age | 30
Hometown | Whitehall, NY 
Current City | New York, NY
Catholic Education | Boston College, Fordham University Law School
Occupation | Lawyer
Identify As | Gay Man

 

“What the Church is saying is you cannot live fully. You can be gay, but you can't live that life. And so that inherently is discriminatory.” 

The Putorti family shares why it is so important for families to be accepting and loving of their children regardless of sexuality or gender identity.   TRANSCRIPT

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Mike Roper


Mike Roper


Age | 75
Hometown | West Haven, CT
Current City | New York, NY
Occupation | Teacher
Identify As | Gay Man

 

“It’s just not a matter of accepting us, you have to, or tolerate us, you have to encourage us to be who we are. We are God’s creation. And to deny that is to deny that He knows what the hell he’s doing.” 

Mike Roper shares his personal story and discusses how he reconciled his faith with his sexuality.   TRANSCRIPT
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Eve Tushnet


Eve Tushnet


Age | 36
Hometown | Washington, D.C.
Current City | Washington, D.C.
Occupation | Writer
Identify As | Gay Woman

 

“We are in the pews; we are people who are striving to love God and to live within our Churches.” 

Eve Tushnet shares her understanding of sexuality and faith and provides suggestions on how the Church can better provide pastoral care to LGBT people.   TRANSCRIPT

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Matt Vidal


Matt Vidal


Age | 33
Hometown | Long Island, NY
Current City | New York, NY
Catholic Education | Fordham University Law School
Occupation | Lawyer
Identify As | Gay Man

 

“If we leave it, if we abandon the Church then it's never going to change. So we have to continue living here, being an example and encouraging other people to be that example because that's what's going to change the Church.” 

Matt & Rick Vidal discuss their coming out story,
relationship, marriage and faith. TRANSCRIPT

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Rick Vidal


Rick Vidal


Age | 36
Hometown | Miami, FL
Current City | New York, NY
Catholic Education | Christopher Columbus High School
Occupation | Head of Global Agency Business Development
Identify As | Gay Man

 

“See our love. See our normality.” 

Matt & Rick Vidal discuss their coming out story, 
relationship, marriage and faith. TRANSCRIPT

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Mateo Williamson


Mateo Williamson


Age | 23
Hometown | Phoenix, AZ
Current City | Newark, NJ
Occupation | Health Counselor
Identify As | Transgender Man

 

“We need to be able to see God in every person and to look at other people and even if we don't understand why they are, who they are, to say this is who you are and I'm going to love you all the same.” 

Mateo Williamson discusses transition, spiritual journey, and work at LGBT homeless youth shelter.   TRANSCRIPT