The relationship between the Catholic Church and the LGBTQ community has been capturing headlines around the world. In light of recent events, most notably Pope Francis’ recent remarks that many took to be an important first step in mending a historically arduous relationship, I decided to cover the growing LGBTQ presence at Notre Dame and explore how students are responding. After decades of fighting for official recognition, the university finally approved PrismND in 2013, Notre Dame’s first gay-straight alliance. On October 11, the new organization celebrated National Coming Out Day around campus, which proved to be a day full of optimism and appreciation for the progress that has been–and continues to be–made at the world’s most prominent Catholic university.
Audio Project: LGBTQ & Notre Dame