Speaker to share her perspective on being gay and Catholic
By Julie Filby
Topic: Gay and Catholic: Is there a place in the Church for me?
“Gay and Catholic: Is there a place in the Church for me?” is the topic of the season’s final installment of Theology on Tap to be held 7 p.m. May 14 at Katie Mullen’s Irish Restaurant and Pub on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver.
Eve Tushnet, 33, a freelance writer from Washington D.C., will share her perspective as a gay, celibate, practicing Catholic.
“I’m celibate and I don’t want to gloss over the loneliness and other difficulties which can come with that path,” she told the Denver Catholic Register. “But I also want to show people that the Church is calling us not to repress our love but to express it in a new way.”
Tushnet—who converted to Catholicism while a student at Yale University, following a faith upbringing she described as an “agnostic, atheist and Reform Jewish” mix—hopes to draw an audience of gay or same-sex attracted Catholics.
“I want to reframe the issue as a matter of discerning one’s vocation,” she said. “(To) find ways within the Church, and faithful to her teaching, to love and serve others.”
She also hopes to reach Catholics with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and same-sex attracted friends; as well as LGBT people who are not practicing Catholics.
“It’s an incredibly exciting time to be gay and Catholic,” she wrote in her bio. “We’re just starting to work through the strengths and weaknesses and possibilities of John Paul II’s theology of the body, to rediscover Catholic forms of (chaste) same-sex love, to live both openly and faithfully.”
Tushnet blogs at eve-tushnet.blogspot.com and has been published in the National Catholic Register, Commonweal, National Review and The Washington Blade, among other publications. She volunteers weekly at a Christian pregnancy center.
Katie Mullen’s is located at 1550 Court Pl. in Denver