God, You are the Creator and Lover of all.
You wish us to live in solidarity with each other
and to rejoice in our diversity.
We pray that all Your
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight children
may experience justice, enjoy peace,
and spread Your love throughout the world.
We pray in the name of Jesus,
who welcomed all to his circle of friends.
* Solidarity Sunday is a faith-based, anti-violence initiative of DignityUSA, the nation’s largest Catholic lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) organization. It is held every year on the Sunday before October 11 (National Coming Out Day) and is dedicated to the memory of the many who have lost their lives through violence because of who they were or who they were perceived to be.
Solidarity Sunday began in 1995 when the Board of Directors of DignityUSA recognized that 70-80% of American Catholics supported equal rights for gays and lesbians. It was decided to invite these people to join in solidarity with LGBT Catholic and to work with them to end verbal and physical abuse.
For my 2009 Solidarity Sunday homily, "Liberated to Be Together," click here.
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
At the Cathedral of St. Paul, Rainbow Sashes and a Circle of Love
The Challenge to Become Ourselves
The Gifts of Homosexuality
Compassion, Christian Community, and Homosexuality
LGBT Catholics Celebrate Being "Wonderfully Made"
Celebrating Our Sanctifying Truth
Song of Songs: The Bible's Gay Love Poem
Jesus and the Centurion (Part 1)
Jesus and the Centurion (Part 2)