Finding A Family In LGBT Friendly Catholic Ministry

Eric Kruszewski's new documentary explores the lives of LGBT Catholics.


Eric Kruszewski @erickruszweski

Gigi Biabo tells how she struggled to find a way to be honest and be herself before coming out to her adoptive parents at 21. At the age of 22, Gigi was officially disowned.

Saint Matthew Catholic Church, located in Baltimore, Maryland, has begun a ministry designed to affirm the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) members of its parish family and the broader community. This ministry, known as LEAD (LGBT Educating and Affirming Diversity), strives to offer a sense of home and familiarity to LGBT individuals.

LEAD was established four years ago, and in its short history, the mission has grown in scope and members. Now, under the direction of Fr. Joseph Muth, Jr., LEAD includes around 50 people – some of whom fall under the LGBT label, as well as general supporters of the mission. LEAD offers a safe place for the diverse LGBT community to congregate, share, and to find comfort amidst a larger church environment that does not fully accept them.

Gigi says that finding LEAD was like being adopted into a new family. 

Watch Gigi's story below


Watch the first video in The Lost Flock project. 

Watch Rachel's and Vania's experience with LEAD. 

Learn more about LEAD and Saint Matthew Catholic Church here

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