Success: Pope Speaks Out Against Unjust Imprisonment of LGBTQ+ People

Target: His Holiness, Pope Francis

Goal: Support Pope Francis’ condemnation of laws that criminalize homosexuality.

In over five dozen countries around the world, a person can face prison time for being gay. In 11 of these nations, they may even be put to death. The criminalization and stigmatization of LGBTQ+ people unfortunately has a long history, as highlighted in this ForceChange petition. A major spiritual leader and role model for millions of people globally has broken with centuries of entrenched tradition, however, and spoken out against oppression he describes as “unjust.”

The current head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, has long strived for more inclusive spiritual leadership, previously advising against judging LGBTQ+ populations, especially youth. And in a recent interview, the Pope made another landmark statement: “being homosexual is not a crime.” He then called on bishops in countries that criminalize homosexuality to reevaluate their support for these laws and pledged that the Church under his guidance would work toward abolishing such laws.

Sign the petition below to thank this spiritual leader for speaking out against injustice and discrimination and speaking up for inclusivity.


Your Holiness,

“We are all children of God, and God loves us as we are and for the strength that each of us fights for our dignity.” This statement should be a template for all spiritual leaders and all people of faith around the world. Faith cannot thrive without a core of openness, non-judgment, and welcome inclusivity.

Thank you for honoring this foundation by supporting the millions of LGBTQ+ individuals living under the threat of imprisonment or death. May this message resonate and strike a lingering chord across the globe.


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