iStock_000017603840SmallStriving to celebrate our diverse and inclusive Precious Blood community, the Precious Blood LGBT Ministry asks us all to lift up our LGBT brothers and Sisters today, National Coming Out Day and reflect on these words of John Rupkey and Pope Francis.
Writing in the Winona Daily News, John Rupkey asks each of us—gay and straight—an important question on this day:

“Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day. I would like to suggest that on that day the non-gay people of God consider coming out in support of gay people. Coming out doesn’t mean shouting from a soap box. The first step in coming out is coming out to yourself.
When asked if he approved of homosexuality, Pope Francis replied with a question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’
On Oct. 11, how will you answer that question?”