"Do I feel accepted by the Catholic faith? No. Not at all, " Michael Sawyer, a LGBT Catholic in Baltimore, said in a recent video.
Sawyer was not alone in his sentiment of feeling shunned away from his religion. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered" and "under no circumstances can they be approved."
For LGBT Catholics in Baltimore, there was hope when a church opened their doors to them.
They wanted LGBT Catholics to finally feel accepted and loved.
In 2011, Saint Matthew Catholic Church in Baltimore established the LEAD (LGBT Educating And Affirming Diversity) Ministry, which provides a spiritual home and community to LGBT individuals.
"I don't think the institutional church realizes how hurtful they are to homosexual people when they come across so harshly on that issue," Pastor Father Joseph Muth Jr., the progressive leader of the LEAD Ministry , said in this video.
Muth described the LEAD Ministry in the video as a place for LGBT individuals "where they can open their hearts to God."
At LEAD Ministry, members were not judged for who they are in the light of the official Catholic Church teachings.
LGBT individuals who left the Catholic Church returned because of this organization.
When Michael Sawyer and his husband John were going through the difficult adoption process to get their daughter last year, they turned to the LEAD Ministry and have been members ever since.
"The kind of support St. Mathews has givens us has been tremendous," John Sawyer said in this video. "What LEAD does that is it also provides a space for gay people to come back."
After forming their group in 2011, LEAD grew their presence in the Baltimore community by hosting coming-out discussions. They were also the largest faith community that participated in the 2013 Gay Pride Parade in Baltimore.
Gigi Biabo came out at age 21 and revealed her sexual orientation to her adoptive parents. Although her parents disowned her, Biabo says that LEAD made her feel loved and welcomed for the first time.
"They accepted me for who I am," Biabo said in this video. "Being accepted into LEAD is like being adopted into a new family."
LGBT individuals and their loved ones are welcomed by LEAD.
Carolyn Scheide was invited to join LEAD because she has a gay daughter and a gay son.
"LEAD is an organization that is welcoming to people of faith who are looking for a place to worship where they are not discriminated against," Scheide said in this video. "I have been enlightened in many ways. Many of my past prejudices have been dissolved."
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