THE RAINBOW SASH MOVEMENT
AND 'STRAIGHT' PEOPLE
(What if I'm not a Catholic either?)
An Invitation to Family Members, Friends, and Supporters
of the Rainbow Sash Movement
The Rainbow Sash Movement warmly encourages our lovers,
family members, friends and supporters, of all sexual orientations, to
join with us in solidarity and stand up with us in the church.
We are inspired by a story that comes out of the Second
In occupied Denmark the Nazis insisted that all Jewish
people wear the Star of David, so that they could be singled out for
humiliation and oppression. The King of Denmark publicly responded by
wearing the Star of David himself, as did thousands of non-Jewish Danes.
In that moment a sign of persecution was transformed into a symbol of
solidarity and freedom.
Over the past three years, some of the most faithful and
committed members of the Rainbow Sash Movement have been our family
members and straight friends.
They choose to stand with us, proclaiming
the goodness of our lives, our loving and our faith, facing
rejection with us, and calling the church to be as open hearted and
loving as they are to their own gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender
children, brothers and sisters, and friends. Such loving and courageous
witness has moved the hearts of many people around the world, as they
have seen, for example, elderly mothers of gay children ready to
challenge the Catholic Church openly and publicly.
Some of those who have become members of the Rainbow Sash
Movement are people who have witnessed our public action in the church,
and have decided that they cannot in conscience share in the Eucharistic
meal when their gay brothers and sisters are refused.
There have also been people who have spontaneously stood up in
solidarity with us after Communion, when they have realised what is
happening, and others who have declined the Eucharist in front of the
altar itself, because of their admiration for our courage and our public
witness, and their shock at the church's injustice and intransigence.
And so, we very warmly welcome people of all sexual orientations who wish to become one of us for the sake of solidarity and justice. We also welcome other members of the Catholic family who see in the Rainbow Sash a public symbol for all those whose voices, questions, faith, commitment, struggles and hopes within the church are our dismisse07/30/2012o:p>
Let us make the journey to justice together.