Despite some promising comments from Pope Francis, at its core the Catholic church retains its deep-seated prejudices towards LGBT people. In anticipation of the Ordinary Synod of bishops set to discuss the "family" in today's world, planned for October 2015, the short film Owning Our Faith aims to shed light on the struggles LGBT Catholics face and urge the church to adapt its stance to fully embrace a willing population.
Owning Our Faith simply has practicing Catholics (LGBT and their straight family and friends) tell their stories, and the result is powerful. Many detail their own interpretations of Catholicism, which places love and acceptance at the its center. A common theme is the stigma LGBT people face from both sides due to their religious affiliation. One transgender woman said:
“It’s as hard to be Catholic in the transgender community as it is to be transgender in the Catholic community.”
There are also a number of clergy members shown, who lend their voices to calls for acceptance and progress on the issue. The video’s creators hope that the film will go viral, and thereby reach the eyes of prominent Catholic officials, including the Pope.