Gay Magazine Names Pope Francis Person of the Year

The bi-monthly LGBT-interest magazine The Advocate named Pope Francis the Person of the Year. Their magazine cover features the pope with a photo-shopped “NO H8” temporary tattoo on his cheek and the quote from him: “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?”

Bypassing gay-rights legal advocates like Edie Windsor, David Boies, and Ted Olson, The Advocate chose a person not “from our ongoing legal conflict but instead from our spiritual one.” The magazine looks to Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, as particularly well-suited to persuade those “who block progress” toward LGBT acceptance in religion because those against “progress” “will more likely be persuaded by a figure they know.”

Yet while Lucas Grindley, in his cover story, expresses admiration for Francis, he does not ignore his stance against gay marriage, noting that the pope has called it a “destructive attack on God’s plan” and has written that marriage should be a “stable union of man and woman.”

“Pope Francis is still not pro-gay by today’s standards,” writes Grindley. But “LGBT Catholics who remain in the church now have more reason to hope that change is coming.”

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