Pope Francis's words ring hollow. I know first hand that the Catholic church and Catholic schools, for the most part, are unaccepting of LGBTQ+ people.

When I went to Catholic school, the priests told us that while being gay was a sin, we would be "forgiven" if we didn't act on it. They tried to frame it in a way that made it sound like they weren't being hateful or discriminatory, but hearing that only made me repress my feelings even more.

Written by

Freelance writer covering culture, politics, and LGBTQ+ rights. catherineann.caruso@gmail.com

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store