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Gay Man Banned From Commencement To Deliver Separate Speech

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In what is an almost miraculous outpouring of support, a number of students at Sacred Heart Academy in Pleasant Hills, Michigan, have released a video supporting Dominic Sheahan-Stahl, the man disinvited from giving the Catholic school's commencement speech after announcing his engagement to another man.

On a related note, Sheahan-Stahl will be delivering a concurrent address at Central Michigan University to counter the homophobia he has faced.

"Through the outpouring of love and support that I've received from family, friends, Sacred Heart students and many people I've never even met, I've come to realize that a majority of Catholics support their LGBT brothers and sisters," he said. "I was always taught that God is love and I hope that that my brother and other students will come away from my speech with the knowledge that all people deserve to be treated equally.”

According to GLAAD, Sheahan-Stahl also invited Joseph R. Cistone, the Catholic Bishop who helped spark his removal as graduation speaker, to hear his speech.

Watch the students' pro-equality message, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Stop posting stupid stories about religious institutions being homophobic. It's who they are and no one should be surprised when they oppose LGBT issues. This is a non-story. When they see the light, then you'll have news. It should be pointed out that a catholic who does not adhere to the dictates of the pope is a heretic which I guess applies to all the supporters of this speaker.

    Posted by: terry | May 16, 2012 12:42:24 PM


  2. Without these stories, you don't see progress or troubles LGBT facing. It might be mundane to you but it's just as important for everyone else. Shoo.

    Posted by: Ace | May 16, 2012 12:44:41 PM


  3. Thank you Andy for continuing to post these stories and Happy Belated Birthday. I know it's difficult for some to just scroll past the stories they aren't interested in, but I've never understood people who must obviously force themselves to read a "non-story" and then post a comment on the site for posting it...what a waste of time.

    Posted by: stpetegreg | May 16, 2012 1:00:36 PM


  4. @terry
    I am surprised by your post, not because I disagree necessarily with your sentiments, but with your interpretation of the story; I honestly just saw a story about straight people protesting in support of a gay speaker. It starts with "In what is an almost miraculous outpouring of support..." does it not? Isn't that the subject of the report? If not, I am confused.
    My reaction is that this kind of behaviour on the part of straights is so new to me that I started out on towleroad as H8STR8S, and have since changed my handle to my current "NullNaught."
    Thanks Andy for the inspiring story. You make me happy. :)

    Posted by: NullNaught | May 16, 2012 1:12:40 PM


  5. Just a correction, it's Mt. Pleasant, Michigan...not Pleasant Hills.

    - A Gay Michigander

    Posted by: Teddy | May 16, 2012 1:46:40 PM


  6. This really highlights how much this is a generational issue, homophobia. This is amazing to see, very heartfelt and I'm sure Dominic is very happy to know his classmates support him so strongly!

    Posted by: Francis | May 16, 2012 1:49:39 PM


  7. FANTASTIC!

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | May 16, 2012 3:12:52 PM


  8. I sort of agree with the first speaker. The catholic church needs to be outed as the homophobic and anti-woman organization that is is. Supporters continually look the other way, and then people are surprised when confronted with the truth? Why is anyone shocked or outraged when they won't let a gay person speak?

    Newsflash: The RC church hates gay people. Don't be shocked by this.

    Posted by: tom a | May 16, 2012 3:33:52 PM


  9. Churches are private clubs with freedom of association. That is true. But they also suck at the government tit, especially the Catholic church. The Catholic church actually went to court (as did the Baptist church) to demand that they have the right to continue to get government contracts and funding ostensibly for social services which they provide, while discriminating. The problem with that is that money is fungible. Those Catholic churches can use those funds to support and maintain their buildings and vehicles, and the government doesn't really police the money all that well.

    Posted by: David Hearn | May 16, 2012 6:06:13 PM


  10. "Pleasant Hills" -- that's very creative!

    Posted by: it's mount pleasant | May 16, 2012 6:38:29 PM


  11. @Nullnaught: your comment made my day. I read your earlier comments as H8STR8S and watched you open your mind to acknowledge straight allies. But I didn't realize you changed your handle. Your presence here makes me happy! : )

    Posted by: Hermes | May 16, 2012 7:43:24 PM


  12. There is light at the end of the tunnel on the issue of the Catholic Church and homophobia. It seems that students at Sacred Heart School and other Catholic schools have not been indoctrinated with the official hierarchy homophobia. That is probably because at the local levels, Catholics don't buy it and don't teach it. Look at the case of U.S. Nuns: the Vatican is after them because they know that most of the Nuns don't teach the hate and prejudice of the official Catholic Church. As a former Catholic that makes me happy.

    Posted by: andrew | May 16, 2012 10:07:39 PM


  13. To be totally honest, I should have said: As a former Franciscan T.O.R.

    Posted by: andrew | May 16, 2012 10:10:12 PM


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  16. I have heard that too!!!!!

    Posted by: Giles | May 17, 2012 7:08:09 AM


  17. Wow! Me too!

    Posted by: lucas | May 17, 2012 7:19:28 AM


  18. It's Mt. Pleasant - not Pleasant Hills, MI

    Posted by: Doug | May 17, 2012 8:31:42 AM


  19. These is only a 'non story' for those you don't care. I DO care and this needs to be exploited everyday. Thanks to all who support this.

    Posted by: Astrid | May 17, 2012 11:08:03 AM


  20. Thanks for posting this story. As a man who identifies both as Catholic and as gay, I've often had to explain to people that religions are institutions that change over time and that include both good and bad elements. The church has always had heretics, Terry, and many of them have been the motive behind major positive changes. Humans are always going to have some kind of religion through which they channel their beliefs, and likely Christianity in some form will endure for a few more centuries. Catholicism has all the structural components needed to make it a consistent force for good, even for the LGBT community, and certainly is less virulently against the personal dignity of gays than many other Christian denominations and other religions. Personally I'd rather work for change from within until I know it's futile, and I've seen too many accepting and inclusive people and parishes, and far too many good acts done by them, to totally lose hope. This video is further evidence that I shouldn't.

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