The Equality Act and the LGBT+ community do nothing to harm the Church.

JUNE 17, 2019 UPDATE: The Catholic Virginian published my letter to the editor! Thank you Catholic Diocese of Richmond for publishing my Letter to the Editor regarding the Equality Act. Blessed to be part of a diocese that is willing to open hearts + minds to ALL parishioners! We’re stronger together! 🙌🏽

A Letter to the Editor of the Catholic Virginian in response to Bishops voice concerns about the Equality Act.

My name is Aaron Jay Ledesma. I’m an openly gay Catholic.

My boyfriend and I are disheartened to read that Bishops are urging parishioners to voice concerns over the Equality Act — which would amend laws already in place to “prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes.”

As Catholics, we believe God created all mankind in his image and follow Jesus’ teachings, such as,

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matthew 22: 37–39)

It’s oxymoronic that religious leaders would claim that places of worship have, “become pariahs that must be marginalized.”

Yet, they’re speaking out against a bill that would protect the LGBT+ community, a truly marginalized group. Like the Church, we too have been persecuted, discriminated against and even killed. Yet, we continue to seek God.

Our Bishops are not exemplifying true Christianity.

Why would Church leaders, among all people, voice concern over an act of equality? Why publicly voice concern against LGBT+ parishioners, ignoring the fact that we’re some of the most devout followers, volunteers and donors.

The Equality Act and the LGBT+ community do nothing to harm the Church.

We’re worthy of equality, respect and love. We are worthy of providing a child a loving home through adoption and fostering. We are worthy of being loved by our neighbors as they love themselves. And, most importantly, we’re worthy of God’s love.


My name is Aaron. I’m Catholic. I’m Gay. I’m Me.

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A cradle Catholic seeks to understand his God + faith as an openly gay man. If you’re struggling with your faith + sexuality or just want to talk, please email me at: aaron.thegaycatholic@gmail.com