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‘Advocate’ names Pope Francis ‘most influential person of 2013 on the lives of LGBT people’

Monday, December 16, 2013

LOS ANGELES — The Advocate, the oldest and largest gay-interest magazine in the U.S., on Monday announced it has selected Pope Francis as “the single most influential person of 2013 on the lives of LGBT people.”

The Advocate

The Advocate

In naming Francis “Person of the Year,” The Advocate cited a “stark change in rhetoric from his two predecessors,” while at the same time acknowledging that the pontiff “is still not pro-gay by today’s standard.”

In fact, The Advocate reminds readers that Francis started his term by issuing a joint encyclical in July with Pope Benedict, in which they reiterated that marriage should be a “stable union of man and woman.”

But in supporting its choice, The Advocate writes that “what Francis does say about LGBT people has already caused reflection and consternation within his church,” reflecting on the pontiff’s remark to reporters last July while on a flight from Brazil to Rome. When asked about gay priests, Francis replied: “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?”

The announcement Monday caught many in the LGBT community off guard, with hundreds of social media comments expressing shock and disbelief in the magazine’s choice.

One reader commented that it “was ignorant of Time to name him ‘Man of the Year.’ It is unconscionable for The Advocate to do so!”

But in defending the selection, Editorial Director Lucas Grindley writes:

“Pope Francis is leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics all over the world. There are three times as many Catholics in the world than there are citizens in the United States. Like it or not, what he says makes a difference.

Sure, we all know Catholics who fudge on the religion’s rules about morality. There’s a lot of disagreement, about the role of women, about contraception, and more. But none of that should lead us to underestimate any pope’s capacity for persuading hearts and minds in opening to LGBT people, and not only in the U.S. but globally.

Grindley wrote that the brevity of the Pope’s “who and I to judge?” statement “and the outsized attention it got immediately are evidence of the pope’s sway.”

“His posing a simple question with very Christian roots … became a signal to Catholics and the world that the new pope is not like the old pope,” explained Grindley.

Yet, in the weeks and months that followed that now famous quote, the Catholic Church in the U.S. and abroad continued to fire school teachers it learned are gay, or because they chose to make loving, lifelong commitments to their same-sex partners.

And despite the Pope’s “sway,” and criticism by the Pope himself that the church was too “obsessed” with with gays and abortion, church leaders have continued their assault on the LGBT community.

In Honolulu’s Catholic Bishop Larry Silva issued an “urgent” appeal against same-sex marriage, advising parishioners that discrimination against gay couples is “just.”

In Illinois, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, leader of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, said marriage between gays and lesbians is a union that “comes from the devil” and performed a gay marriage exorcism as the governor signed a marriage equality bill into law.

And under Francis’ authority, an Australian priest learned in September he had been both defrocked and excommunicated over his support for women priests and same-sex marriage.

Pope Francis was chosen by The Advocate’s editors over nine other finalists, including Edith Windsor, plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court challenge that resulting in Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act being struck down.

On Windsor, Grindley called her “a hero to LGBT Americans for taking the final punch” against DOMA, but “she is not Person of the Year,” but “a powerful symbol for the many others behind the scenes.”

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  1. Eh.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:46am
  2. How strange the head of the PR Team for Vatican Corps is a Fox News and Former Time Staffer….just saying…Edie Windsor would have been my choice!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:46am
  3. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2511151/Pope-Francis-PR-genius-Greg-Burke-ex-journalist-belongs-Opus-Dei.html

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:03am
  4. Woah, just getting it now! It's queer Stockhausen Syndrome! Yikes!

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:24am
  5. EXACTLY! Edie Windsor should have been named!

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:36am
  6. Edie Windsor has no influence whatsoever on the lives of LGBT people outside of the US. This Pope does.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:49am
  7. Mine too...it's that part in his speech "if they seek The Lord" part that doesn't sit well with me...the Vatican is full of it "hypocrisy"

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:55pm
  8. Revolution is coming.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:47am
  9. A pink revolution :D

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:56am
  10. And just rainbow. :D

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:04am
  11. I call bullshit

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:48am
  12. why? .-.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:40am
  13. I guess there have been some changes in the rhetoric with the Pope and LGBT issues, but I don’t see that as a major doctrinal change on the whole matter. The Catholic Church still holds the more or less “hate the sin, love the sinner” policy, which is bullshit on the face of it (see: http://youtu.be/Cdb8UC9_fMw). So, on the whole, I am open to the opportunity for religious leaders to come forward and change the rhetoric on LGBT issues (see: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=617329794993865), but until that rhetoric turns into action, I don’t see anything special in the new Pope’s (and Catholic Church's) attitude toward LGBT people.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:01am
  14. It's a step. You can't get anywhere except by taking a step at a time. Francis has angered the right wing, just like Jesus of the bible did and unlike his predecessors. Let's give him a chance to walk the talk. If anyone can upend centuries of hypocrisy, I'm betting Pope Francis can (and hoping he will).

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 11:12am
  15. it's a step... for self-hating catholics. i really think the pro gay (but not really) things he said shouldn't be considered progressive at all. this is the 21st century, and if the catholic church, which is supposed to be a beacon of morality, can't hurry the hell up, i have no sympathy for them. i know loads of catholics who accept gays no matter what they do in the bedroom, and the fact that the pope is less moral than his flock is frankly disturbing to me.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:06pm
  16. Either way god isnt real end of story.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7:49pm
  17. Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:48am
  18. I dont know how they can name this man..do they forget wt gays gained from religions and their followers. ..

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:48am
  19. I ain’t buyin it!! it’s a PR stunt!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:48am
  20. Um……….no…..not sold on this Pope.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:48am
  21. Yuk!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:48am
  22. Stockhausen Syndromic Madness!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:49am
  23. Anthony Kennedy?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:49am
  24. Uh..gonna disagree. I think it’s Michael from Have A Gay Day

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:49am
  25. He been this type of person before he became pope. He actually lived poor and amongst the people. If it was a PR stunt, then he just lost most of his followers.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:50am
  26. yay, he's done great things for poor people! don't put him on an lgbt magazine. he's always spoken out against homosexuality.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:29pm
  27. Enough fawning over this vile homophobe. No, dogma hasn’t changed. You’re still intrinsically evil because of your nature. Polishing a turd still leaves you with a pile of shit.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:50am
  28. and eventually.. NO RELIGION..imagine the world with no religion,ahhh..wonderful :)

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:50am
  29. With you on that. Proud atheist! 'This would be the best of all possible worlds if their were no religion in it' -John Q. Adams I have that on a t-shirt. :)

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:02am
  30. sounds about right. The world would be such a better place!

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:25am
  31. i know it would...without any religion what so ever?..the world will thrive beautifully and wonderfully..and peace would be everywhere,because no one would be fighting anymore once they realize,that we are all connected..as one,and theres no need for religion,but there is still something wonderful out there,in the unknown,better than the "known"..and it sure aint any of this worlds religions :)

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:31am
  32. give the human race a hundred years or so... i think we'll get there

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:32pm
  33. I love this leader of people. I pray that he has great health and a long reign

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:50am
  34. Suspiciously politically correct grammar…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:50am
  35. #thatsmypope #staightagainsthate

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:56am
  36. amazing thing for a pope, someone with high power in the religion, approves the gay community

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:56am
  37. If we go based on religion and judge those that follow it, all religions have horrible, disgusting past. You can’t judge one man on what others do. We scream about tolerance and respect, but we are willing to be just as judgmental.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:57am
  38. but francis does it too...

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:34pm
  39. When that man is the boss of those other men, yes he most certainly should be judged.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 3:11pm
  40. Will never read the advocate again. Edie Windsor did more for gay rights than a homophobe chained to religion will ever do. Embarrassing beyond belief. Shame on the Advocate. I will never forget.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:57am
  41. coulda picked someone like laverne cox or cece mcdonald… but nah, picked a misogynist AND a homophobe. was macklemore next on the list?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/13/pope-francis-gay-marriage-anti_n_2869221.html

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:57am
  42. posted the wrong link, sorry about that. :)

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:00am
  43. Holy no shit ?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:58am
  44. Yes amen

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:58am
  45. The winds of change are sweeping the Catholic Church towards born gay boys.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:59am
  46. BOO! Horrible choice.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:59am
  47. Gross. The ‘Advocate’ would do better to honor people who live up to its namesake.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:59am
  48. As a bi atheist, I like this pope. Yes, none of the dogma is really going to change, but do you really think one man is going to change the rules of a religion that’s over 2,000 years old. Even if he’s the pope, it’s not possible for him alone to do it. At least he’s doing some good. I rather have a pope that tries a little than a pope that does nothing at all.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:59am
  49. I TOTALLY AGREE with what you wrote....He will not change the entire church with a few sound bites ....However he get's my attention for having the guts to challenge the Catholic church and social inequality/issues worldwide!!!!! ...I am not of his faith...but BRAVO Mr. Pope

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:19pm
  50. he's doing very little good compared to celebrities who are fully behind it and not blinded by religion. while his contribution is notable, he is not worthy of the cover of the advocate just because he wears a pope's hat. the vatican is corrupt and glorifying the pope further than he already is... it's not helping. you do realise that by "seeks the lord" he means "suppresses their sexuality"? THAT isn't healthy, and the advocate shouldn't put it on their cover if they support the rights of LGBT people to live freely.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:16pm
  51. oh come on. Yes, he’s pretty good, for a pope. Probably the best we could hope for. But the church is still homophobic. Their motto is still ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ (at best!) which is complete BS. Like I said, best we could hope for really and a nice guy in some other ways, but most influential? no.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:00am
  52. i'm sick of people saying "for a pope..." as an excuse. it's wimpy and i won't let the perks of a pope undermine the efforts of people who are doing real good in the world. the catholic church should be at the forefront of what is right, but instead it's always having to catch up with people who are fed up with their stupid traditions. why even bother with the catholic church or any church if it's not going to stand up for us?

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:27pm
  53. I don't bother with it, I left religion a long time ago. I'm really not a fan and catholic leaders are often terrible. but I will admit this guy has some good qulities and that he's the best we could hope for in a pope right now. the last guy was much worse.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 3:43pm
  54. They chose him precisely for the HUGE break in status quo and the potential he has to make a profound difference.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:00am
  55. potential... ring me back when he actually does something please

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:35pm
  56. huge break in status quo? Here's a dollar: go get yourself a brain.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 3:05pm
  57. Sydney, he never said those things.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:01am
  58. posted the wrong link, sorry about that!

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:10am
  59. A slight step in the right direction and we go all gaga for the CEO of one of the most corrupt, unethical, hate-mongering organizations in history? Wake up people!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:01am
  60. Is this a joke??!! What an insult to all those who have fought for and effected real change in 2013…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:03am
  61. thank you!!!

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:24pm
  62. Thanks, too, for using "effected" correctly in a sentence. So few do...

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7:18pm
  63. He may not like us or agree with us but he sets his hate aside to welcome us and leave judging up to his god.

    It’s the proper step.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:06am
  64. He is welcoming of gays who "want to repent their sin" - he is still against gay people having a sex life & getting married.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:11am
  65. thanks for you pope like h8no on his cheek

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:07am
  66. it’s just flatly inaccurate…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:10am
  67. i respect & like him more now

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:10am
  68. This is just complete bullshit.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:10am
  69. Advocate tries to give a brighter impression of this man and his homophobic beliefs or wt
    .these beliefs also caused sucide thousands of gays and bi coz of their religious families who infected by it ..wt stupid and irresponsible step..

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:10am
  70. That is okay Sydney. I was going to say.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:11am
  71. At least he isn’t spouting hate. I’ll take silence over bashing me for being bi

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:12am
  72. The Pope is Dope

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:18am
  73. I’m glad he is more liberal than any other Pope before him, but until he calls for an international search-and-destroy mission on all the pedophiles plaguing the Church, I’ll reserve my opinion of him.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:20am
  74. Amen

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:22am
  75. Not politically motivated at all.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:22am
  76. This is ridiculous. There are many people who are making a REAL difference in this wired for the LGBT community, and this guy gets the award for telling his followers to maybe leave us alone? Give me a break!! Stop giving this man, who still speaks against and discourages homosexuality in general, any credit from our community whatsoever. This is wrong. There are so many better candidates.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:24am
  77. "your community"????????im sorry what about those who are allies of the glbt community? i guess they should all back off huh? thats what your comment is looking like to me.........im sry but you give gay people a bad name and make them look as though they are filled with hate...shame on you sir!

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:00pm
  78. In fact you should be thrilled the reliigious community is trying to open there eyes to what is right.........u are pushing them back by your words.......

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:01pm
  79. Kushikito pope francis is not an ally - far from it. he condemns all sexual acts beyond the missionary position. and i don't think we should be giving "our religious community" (which is not the religious community of most LGBT people) any ground when it comes to this issue. either they are for equality or they are against, and if they are against, we shouldn't subscribe to their bigoted beliefs. also, the fact that you're outraged at the use of the term "our community" makes no sense to me. allies are wonderful people, but to be fair, these are really our struggles and we should be able to identify ourselves. i hope that makes sense... because what you said didn't.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:24pm
  80. Andrew, I totally agree with you!

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:58pm
  81. I am happy that the teaching of my church is changing after the end it is God who will judge you but only if you have faith in him and I am one who dose.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:24am
  82. Building bridges instead of fences!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:26am
  83. This Pope is for the people and I saw that he really cares about people and as well Time gave him Person of the Year. All of y’all are ethers Atheists which I respect, but I wonder why after looking after all of these comments.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:27am
  84. Pope Francis is a pretty awesome man guys, my family has some weird ass thing w/ knowing the popes since my family is high class roman catholic in spain & he’s not pro-gay marriage but he doesn’t hate gays. Gotta say out of all the popes, this one’s pretty alright.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:33am
  85. what a load of crap.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:36am
  86. And i’m pan so it’s not like I have a weird thing against gays, so in case anyone wanted to suggest that that’s why i’m cool w/ this pope… you would be incorrect dear friends.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:36am
  87. Yes Papa Francisco

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:43am
  88. Well, how very white of him… Wow… We have the right to exist! Yayyyy pope! It absolutely sucks and is embarrassing that the Advocate would be so naive as to champion someone who simply doesn’t want to lose more sheep from the herd. Edie Windsor did more for gay rights in this country than this hypocritical old fuck will ever do, not to mention President Barack Obama and many, many others that actually deserved this honor. Advocate fell for the propaganda…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:45am
  89. F__k off

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:46am
  90. From what I’ve learned, the Catholic church does not condemn homosexuality. He disapproves of the sexual practice in the same way it does of unmarried heteros.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:50am
  91. I am not one of the most religus person as you can see I even spelt it wrong. BUT I do see hope in this POPE, he looks, talks, and is human. We will judge him on what he does for some one not as well of as we are. And to think of it we are not rich either. Romayne

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:55am
  92. I really enjoy Pope Francis. He has a lot of good wisdom and character. I’ve admired him since he became Pope. Good head on his shoulders. Thanks for posting this article.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:02am
  93. Who runs your organization???
    I’m thinking 3 Deaf, Dumb and Blind Mice!!!
    Who was he up against???
    Did you ever hear of Edie Windsor???
    Start sending out those RESUMES!!!
    YOUR LOGIC IS FLAWED!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:04am
  94. <3

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:08am
  95. But he’ll judge us if we don’t give a fuck about God? :P

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:09am
  96. This is a horrible choice. Edie Windsor was robbed here. I have to question what is going on in the minds of the Advocate staff. The Catholic Church still believe homosexuality is a sin and teach people to hate themselves for who they are, your sinning not normal in their eyes. This selection is the same as nominating some reparative therapy asshat.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:09am
  97. people think he can get away with things because he's pope... it disgusts me

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:30pm
  98. He’s far from an ally. He still believes homosexuality is a sin. I think this is probably the church’s attempt at making the public forget its dark past.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:09am
  99. Who the fuck cares? Most of us just want legal rights not fairy tales.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:12am
  100. this is bullshit, the pope did nothing for gay people, all he did was be *less heinous* to us than nazi pope…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:12am
  101. I’m sure he will be Thrilled to hear this…. (eye-roll)

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:14am
  102. PATHETIC!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:36am
  103. I think he was right when he said im not the one to judge.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:41am
  104. He sent flowers, it seems, after the last time they beat us, is that it?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:47am
  105. Beware ye, of the wolf in sheeps clothing. He is a PR stunt man, no more, no less.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7:00am
  106. Wow! HORRIBLE decision! It’s all a ploy to keep religion from dying!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7:17am
  107. Horrible!! Aside from a few sound bites that are pleasing to the ear, what has the Pope done to muzzle his horribly anti-gay cardinals in our country? When gay teachers at parochial schools can get fired for marrying their partners, I don’t think that pope Francis has done enough.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7:33am
  108. He didn’t do anything special, just said the same speech of the last 2000 years with a little bit of political corrections, he does not promote or defense any civil right for the lgbt comunity. I apologize if my English is not the best.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7:35am
  109. Should have been Edie Windsor.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7:36am
  110. Do not be seduced into believing in that whore of the Vatican!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7:57am
  111. 2000 years of history….cancelled by a marketing oriented pope ??? sorry not enough !!!!! I live in Italy and we have the vatican in house…..

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 8:04am
  112. What a load of shit. Not a single policy has changed and they are still spreading dogmatic hatred. All he has done is put a smiley face on the front of it.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 8:33am
  113. Yeah not persuaded here. – Proud Gaytheist.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 8:59am
  114. What a joke the most corrupted & institutionally discriminatory religion in the whole world
    The Catholic Church & all symbols of religion needs to be abolished as it always seems to be able to influence & corrupt politicians for its own gains
    When are the thousands of children of child abuse going to be believed that took place right on its own doors by paedophiles in their shitty religion & churches

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 9:29am
  115. Bad choise…this religions appointed politian has not been in office long enough to prove his veiws on anything…Catholic church just was in of a really good PR person.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 9:32am
  116. I couldn’t give knats bollock what any religious that’s think about

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 9:45am
  117. And TIME regretted their decision and thought Beyonce was more influential…puhlease

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:02am
  118. What??? Oh come on!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:26am
  119. Hey Lori Clark Ritter I agree, it’s the same as Obama being given a Nobel peace prize for diddly squat after 1 day as President.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:40am
  120. I guess people are eager to believe the catholic church’s PR guy.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:44am
  121. This is the leader of the organization that has been at the forefront of the battle against our civil rights. To choose Francis over Edie Windsor who fought and triumphed *for* our rights at the Supreme Court, displays a serious error in judgment on the Advocate’s part.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 11:01am
  122. I do not consider a man, who still points out that he is anti-marriage equality, to be an ally, but I do take pleasure in seeing how much he and the GOP are butting heads.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 11:07am
  123. Paul Bruce, certainly not perfect but MUCH more accepting than I ever thought I would see a pope be in my lifetime!

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:01pm
  124. I guess if you give a shit what he says, but I don’t, so I disagree with this choice.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 11:08am
  125. I agree…but you fucking liberals will distort it to a Fox news thing….intolerant and racist….the ends justify the means..right…..if you don’t agree…kill

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 11:11am
  126. Please tell me I’m not the only one who understands the true meaning of the sentence “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?”!. This is complete bullshit.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 11:20am
  127. if by influential they meant harmful, then yes, clearly

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 11:41am
  128. I’m saddened that The Advocate magazine couldn’t find a more worthy person to honor. Why would anyone even consider the head of the largest global pedophile ring as a contender?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:57am
  129. Yeah that’s photoshopped dumb asses, he don’t even speak English wow you guys are so petty

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:18pm
  130. I live in Argentina… And The Pope (Bergoglio) is not so gay friendly… It´s totally false.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:27pm
  131. This just made me sick. He’s not going to change the church he told people to stop being publicly vocal about hating the LGBT community. The church still turns you away and discriminates against us. Stop putting these idiots on pedestals.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:32pm
  132. No words

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:35pm
  133. Utterly pathetic. Groveling for the few scraps that hateful business has tossed toward the community. Fuck him, fuck his business.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:35pm
  134. At the level he operates in his few words have already made a difference. I think the honor bestowed will bring a great amount of attention, Before we bring out the long knives to cut his efforts up lets exercise some patience. He has years of service in front of him. Let’s all take a deep breath and see where this goes.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:39pm
  135. Should have been Edie Windsor. So much more I could say about this, but I’m too aggravated by it to even rant.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:41pm
  136. This honor belongs to Edie Windsor. I will not be buying The Advocate in the near future. This is one person’s personal bias getting unneeded attention.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:45pm
  137. and yet, I’m starting to LIKE this guy…..

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:58pm
  138. Pope Francis took a big step, now it’s up to all of us to continue the fight and make equality a reality, especially when dealing with our children’s safety and the horrific child abuse that has and still is occurring!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:01pm
  139. I find it refreshing that theres a well known religious figure thats on our side!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:05pm
  140. This is pure garbage. The stupid pope is just PR, propaganda of a dying organization. It is time to reject religion and religious bullshit all together. We don’t need god or saviours or magic books. We don’t need mythology and superstition. We can be good without god, we can be happy and responsible without their idiotic bronze-age beliefs.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:15pm
  141. To Paraphrase the New and Improved Pope, “You can be gay, or you can be an atheist, and still have a chance of getting into Heaven. But if you’re a gay atheist, then fuck you, you’re going to Hell.”

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:16pm
  142. Love this man.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:18pm
  143. Daniel Ceresa what a negative, close minded, anti-everything opinion. People need faith, in someone or something. Wether it be god or Buddha or jehovah or Cookie Monster. I respect your beliefs, or lack of, and your opinion but don’t put others down because the chose to believe in something that they see as positive. Maybe if more people had some sort of positive guiding force in their lives the world wldn’t be such a shitstorm :). Merry Christmas.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:24pm
  144. Yes, people need faith. In themselves. In their friends and family. In their fellow man. Not in some imaginary god or muppet. Rational, intelligent, adults understand this. Have a Happy Yuletide.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 3:09pm
  145. Anjanette, religion is for idiot ignorants who cannot live without a sky daddy. Go fuck yourself with Jesus.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:37pm
  146. It’s so sad that so many in our community so eagerly embrace this new C.E.O.’s vague, empty platitudes delivered without a scrap of substantive change to the deadly discriminatory policies of the multinational corporation he runs. “NO H8″? Please. Shame on The Advocate.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:44pm
  147. wow, there are a thousand better people. he’s a good guy, but he condemns homosexual acts, and as far as i know the advocate doesn’t and shouldn’t agree with that position.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:02pm
  148. All I see here is very little good responses and then HATE HATE HATE coming from you all. STOP IT…….you want hate against our community stopped, THEN STOP HATING OTHERS!!!! INCLUDING THOSE WHO ARE RELIGIOUS…..for fucks sake you all look like hypocrites………

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:03pm
  149. There will be no change in policy within the church. This is a propaganda campaign. It definitely should have been awarded to Edie Windsor.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:07pm
  150. I should be thrilled the religious community is only half as discriminatory as they used to be, kushikito? Bullshit! You and your religion can eat the shit that spills from the popes mouth, but I sure as hell am not buying into it. Get a life, brainless wonder, and stop trolling feeds with your defense of cruel ignorance, aka religion.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:09pm
  151. That’s nice…and if someone is gay and won’t ‘seek the Lord with good will’ it’s still none of your business and ‘who am I to judge’ applies as well.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:19pm
  152. I love this man. True example of Christianity.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:30pm
  153. He’s not a true example of Christianity

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:32pm
  154. This is stupid: just as stupid as all the people that believe this shit.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:58pm
  155. I don’t think our vladyka will follow him. So I am hoping he will come up with the idea spontaneously to be inclusive of LGBT people.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 3:16pm
  156. who is anyone to judge?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 3:21pm
  157. Happy Birthday Pope Francis! He’s awesome. Joshua Reece

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 3:33pm
  158. Yeah!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 3:56pm
  159. I also agree it should have been Edie Windsor. One of our own that made such a huge difference in the world.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:00pm
  160. He hasn’t changed any church policy. Be very careful

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:01pm
  161. WE have no desire to endorse ‘The Advocate’ recent change of attitude in support of Mr Francis and as we have not seen any meaningful change in the vatican’s position or from Bishops across the world who are instructed by him we will not change our view of this man…. Actions speak Louder than Words we say to ‘the Advocate’ !!! ;o(

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:18pm
  162. so wrong to post this as NOH8…IMHO when he is not for us nor is the church.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:23pm
  163. did someone photoshop this on his face? If so they’re a legend XD xoxo

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:42pm
  164. no.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 4:42pm
  165. FP?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:11pm
  166. and…? he is a Pope aka a man…not a God :-(

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:31pm
  167. A horrible choice– what exactly has he done to merit this? Most of what he has said has been Catholic doctrine and stated in pastoral letters since the 80′s ! (“Always our Children, etc.) There are so many more deserving. Consider the IL legislators who pushed and never gave up for marriage equality, the couples who publicly sued various states, immigration, etc.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:41pm
  168. He is one hell of a person

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 5:57pm
  169. After their history, can anyone really believe them? I can’t!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:00pm
  170. Still the head of an organization that is ruining the world, based on the myths and legends of a culture that no longer exists. JESUS=FAIL.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:04pm
  171. He is trying to emulate Jesus, as all true Christians should.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:06pm
  172. As a bisexual atheist, I dont like this man… as every pope and person of this kind. It’s all about marketing folks, remember.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7:01pm
  173. lip service?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 8:20pm
  174. Does this mean I should invite you to my church?:)

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 9:09pm
  175. Love this POPE..

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:05pm
  176. Pfffffffffffft the Catholic Church id the richest and most evil organization in the world;
    http://cpnagasaki.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/i-saw-joseph-ratzinger-emeritus-pope-benedict-xvi-murder-a-little-girl-eyewitness-says/

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:13pm
  177. REALLY????? Not Edie Windsor???? Wtf??

    Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:16pm