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La Tenda di Gionata is an Italian Christian volunteer association, founded by volunteers of the Gionata Project who agreed to a proposal of the catholic priest David Esposito. Following his intention, we commit ourselves to the welcoming, training and knowledge of LGBT Christians, their families and pastoral workers, in dialogue with the various Christian communities.

Welcoming: we arrange pastoral events (spiritual retreats, community meetings, pilgrimages, etc.), open to all who are interested, to help LGBT people and their families feel welcome in their Church, but also to foster in our Christian communities listening and to get to know each other.

Training: We promote theological and pastoral learning, debate and updates on faith and homosexuality, giving voice to theologians and pastoral agents who study these issues, listening together to the experiences of people throughout their journey.

Knowledge: We publish documents in Italian that promote thought on these issues. We plan to print a publication every year (on paper or ebook) and to distribute it for free to Christian groups with whom we are in contact (the first one can be downloaded). We also want to collect and make known theological and pastoral experiences and documents on the inclusion of LGBT Christians and their families in local Churches around the world.

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The pilgrimage of the transsexuals (femminielli) to the Black Madonna of Montevergine (Italy)

Article by Laura Filios, published in the Jesuit Catholic monthly JESUS (Italy), ​​n.6 of June 2020, pp.52-55, translated by Andrea D. (La Tenda di Gionata) Every year thousands of devotees…

The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics: “There are still multiple forms of Church influenced discrimination in the 21st Century”

The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics, Press Release N°14, June 16, 2020 The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (GNRC), representing Catholic LGBTIQ+ organisations from more than thirty nations around the…

“Fortunate Parents”. There is something prophetic in the pages of this booklet

Father Gian Luca Carrega*, "Genitori Fortunati" (Fortunate Parents. Experiencing the homosexuality of children, as Christian Parents), Tenda di Gionata (Italy), 2019, p.1-2, translated by Francesco Gagliardi There is something prophetic…

“Jonathan’s Tent”. Publishes Resources on Experiences of Italian Parents with LGBTQ Children

by Melissa Feito, newwaysministry.org (USA), May 9, 2020 . An Italian organization for families with LGBTQ members has released a free publication for parents with LGBTQ children. Titled Fortunate Parents:…

Fortunate Parents: the testimonies of Christian parents struggling with the discovery of homosexual children

Fortunate Parents: the testimonies of Christian parents struggling with the discovery of homosexual children, the book includes the stories of various Catholic families coming to terms with, and eventually accepting…

The message of the Archbishop of Palermo (Italy) on the occasion of the IDAHOT

[embed]https://youtu.be/Xw9PqQi0kkQ[/embed] Progetto Gionata, 15 may 2020, translated by Andrea D. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for…

Prayer vigils IDAHOBIT. To become welcoming sanctuaries all LGBT people and all who suffer discrimination

[gallery ids="35279,35180,35183,35177"] This article was written by Innocenzo Pontillo for the Christian weekly Adista Segni Nuovi n° 21, May 30 2020, pp. 7-8 During the lockdown, even the few churches…

Rainbow vigil for overcoming homotransphobia in Krakow (Poland)

[embed]https://youtu.be/di_6LDlVAt8[/embed] . Fundacja Wiara i Tęcza (Faith and Rainbow Foundation is Polish Christian LGBT+, May 16, 2020 Dear Friends – LGBT+ Christians from the Progetto Gionata, Faith and Rainbow Foundation…

“You are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:28). Malta IDAHOBIT celebration 2020

. «Non c’è qui né Giudeo né Greco; non c’è né schiavo né libero; non c’è né maschio né femmina; perché voi tutti siete uno in Cristo Gesù» (Galati 3,…

IDAHOBIT 2020. Prayer vigils in Italy and Europe

[gallery ids="35183,35180,35177"] . Even this year, as in the past years since 2007, we will be organising a series of prayer vigils and worship services in Christian communities in different…