At St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School in the Archdiocese of Liverpool, the school’s “inclusive curriculum” includes reading several pro-LGBT children’s literature books. Here are a few of the titles and a short description of each:
- My Princess Boy: A mom’s story about a young boy who loves to dress up. – About a 4-year-old boy who likes to dress up in girl’s clothing. According to the story: “His dad tells my Princess Boy how pretty he looks in a dress.”
- Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl? – A book about children who do not identify as boys or girls.
- This Day in June. – A book about going to a gay “Pride” parade.
- My Uncle’s Wedding. – The story of a young boy who attends the same-sex wedding of his uncle.
- And Tango Makes Three. Based on the supposed true story of two male penguins in the Central Park Zoo who adopted a baby penguin.
All of these books are colorfully illustrated and intended for pre-school and primary school aged children.
According to the school web-site:
Year 6 have been learning about LGBT+ inclusion and equality and took part in various activities around this topic. One of our younger pupils came and spoke to the children about her uncle, who is in a same-sex relationship and has adopted a child. They watched various videos, including In a Heartbeat and discussed their thoughts and feelings…
In a Heartbeat is an American produced short animated film about two young boys falling in love.
Due to their inclusive curriculum, St. Mary’s was awarded the Rainbow Flag Award. The Rainbow Award is a UK-based educational program that focuses on positive LGBT+ inclusion in schools.
The current Archbishop of Liverpool is Malcolm McMahon. Such programs as described above have been officially approved by the Archdiocese.
On December 30, 2019, Jesuit priest James Martin cunningly recommended an LGBT retreat for teens offered by The Naming Project. He wrote on his Facebook page – which was also shared on the Out at St. Paul official timeline:
Here’s something that the organizers just sent to me, which looks interesting and worth checking out: a faith-oriented camp for LGBT youth (and now adults).
According to The Naming Project web-site: “The Naming Project Summer Camp is for 14-18 year-olds…” With regards to their stated “Mission & Goal:”
The goal of The Naming Project is to provide a safe and sacred space where youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities are named and claimed by a loving God; can explore and share faith; experience healthy and life-giving community; reach out to others; and advocate for systemic change in church and society.
At James Martin’s home parish of St. Ignatius in New York City, Martin has touted the parish’s LGBT ministry which offers testimonies (and collected many of these stories in a book) from LGBT Catholics and their families; among them, a father of a “gay” son whose homosexuality (according to the father) was first recognized when the boy was five years old.
At the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, a Catholic priest told Catholic educators that children in the Second and Third grade are able to identify as LGBT; also, the mother of a high-school age transgender-boy lauded her child’s affirming Catholic school.
In 2020, the Jesuit Loyola-Marymount University in Los Angeles will host the following events:
- A course for educators titled – LGBTQ 102: Expanding Gender Identity
- Rainbow Week 2020
- LGBTQ+ Lookbook
Most of these events are sponsored by the University’s LGBT Student Services (LGBTSS) Department. According to LGBTSS, one of their goals is to:
Engage the University community in regular dialogue about the intersection of sexual orientation and gender identity with issues of faith, religion and culture.