In June 2016, a man walked into the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida – a well-known gay nightclub – and opened fire on the patrons. He killed 49 people and wounded 53. It is the deadliest incidence of violence against the LGBTQ+ community in the history of the United States.
The lack of prayers; the lack of communication with the LGBTQ+ community; and the seeming lack of care for LGBTQ+ people in the parish I was serving, put me a crossroads. As a gay Catholic, I prayed. I sought discernment. And ultimately, I felt the Spirit calling me to do something because the void was deafening.
Image: JR Zerkowski; some passersby; and Mike Jagielski, Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus; put out Historic St. Paul’s first rainbow banner.