This special issue is dedicated to disseminating recent research about the opportunities and challenges of including the LGBTQ community in Catholic education. The relationship between Catholic educational institutions and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) can be complicated. As Catholic organizations, Catholic schools are governed by the rules of the church, and as educational institutions, Catholic schools must be responsive to the needs of students, families, and communities, as well as to changes in the larger sociopolitical landscape. LGBTQ people, whether students, parents, teachers, or administrators, exist in Catholic educational institutions, yet there has been a dearth of research on this topic to help guide Catholic educators. This special issue is a big step forward in beginning to fill the gap in our knowledge about the experiences happening within Catholic schools for the LGBTQ community, thus informing practice. Based on this issue, we encourage more research about human sexuality and gender identity to inform practices by Catholic educators, responsive to the needs of all.
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Huchting, K., & Fisher, E. (2019). Introduction to the Special Issue: The Challenges and Opportunities of Including the LGBTQ Community in Catholic Education. Journal of Catholic Education. https://doi.org/10.15365/joce.2203012019