Remembering LGBT Workers on Labor Day

Today is Labor Day in the United States of America.  It’s a day set aside to remember all those who work and the goodness of work itself.  St. Joseph the Worker is an appropriate patron for the day.

As we reflect on the theme of work today, let’s remember all LGBT workers, particularly those who must remain closeted and secretive at their jobs for fear of losing employment.

Let’s also remember, in particular, all LGBT people who work in the church, whether as lay people, bishops, nuns, priests, monks, brothers, deacons, and in whatever capacity:  pastoral ministers, educators, janitors, accountants, counselors, administrators, social workers, liturgists, musicians, computer specialsts, and all the other diverse roles in the church.  Many of these people work tirelessly on our behalf, often while also working hard to keep their orientations private.

Finally, let’s remember all those in the church and in the greater world who work for LGBT equality and justice, either as a professional or as a part-time volunteer.

“Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  –Matthew 11:28

–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry


4 thoughts on “Remembering LGBT Workers on Labor Day

  1. Anne Underwood September 3, 2012 / 10:19 am

    Nicely said, Frank. I’m delighted each time I read your work.
    Enjoy some not-laboring yourself today


  2. Brother Benilde Montgomery, O.S.F. September 3, 2012 / 11:47 am

    And let us especially remember all those workers at New Ways, its founders who suffered much, Frank who does a masterful job, all its supporters and readaers. St. Joseph, pray for them all.

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