We wear the Rainbow Sash as a tool of self-identification. Like any other group in the Church we see no shame in publicly identifying ourselves both as members of the Mystical Body of Christ and the GLBT Community.
There are those in the hierarchy who see our self-identification as a political statement, we disagree, for us it is a statement of integrity and inclusiveness.
You cannot defend dogma by unethical means. Promoting the concept of equality and dignity inherent in every person as the Catholic Catechism does, while at the same time promoting the opposite with theological positions smacks of a corrosive form of hypocrisy.
Any conversation about the inherent dignity of every person that fears to include the discussion of homophobia is akin to addressing human rights without discussing racism or sexism. In general our presence in Cathedrals is a witness to the integrity and inclusiveness of the Pentecostal Gospel Message. This why we will be present at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral on June 12, 2011, at the 11AM Mass as a respectful and silent witness to the human frailty of the hierarchy