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We’ll welcome Shelly Fitzgerald, who was the Co-Director of Guidance and was employed for 15 years at an Indianapolis Catholic school.
In 2018, she was instructed to attend a meeting with school administrators, where her marriage to her wife, Victoria, was the topic of conversation. The Archdiocese of Indianapolis stated her marriage was a violation of her contract and she was given these options – dissolve her marriage, resign, or keep quiet and work the rest of the school year without receiving a renewal of her contract. Rather than offer her resignation, Shelly chose to fight. This decision was not to fight just for herself, but for all people who face discrimination. This fight has now gained national attention. She has become a voice for the disenfranchised, for people treated unjustly and discriminated against simply because of their sexual orientation or gender.
Upon being placed on administrative leave, several students founded the Shelly’s Voice Advocacy Group. This non-profit organization mission is to inspire a deeper sense of belonging for LGBTQ+ individuals. Ms. Fitzgerald and the students of Shelly’s Voice appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show to discuss this issue. During the show and while listening to Shelly’s story, Ellen DeGeneres gifted the group $25,000 to continue working towards their objectives and goals.
Shelly, and the students of Shelly’s Voice, have become a beacon of hope of shining light on the dark shadows of selective discrimination and unequal treatment of LGBTQ+ individuals in our schools, the workplace and our community at large.
Care to Change tackles hard topics with church leaders at this quarterly roundtable. November 19th topics include LGBTQ+, technology & teens, and self-harm/cutting. Bring care ministry leaders, student ministry leaders, children’s ministry leaders, and any other leaders interested in the topic. Space is limited and breakfast is provided so registration is required to attend.