100 Episodes!
The Made for Love podcast reached 100 episodes! Longtime Catholic film critic Steven Greydanus joins to take a look at the movies, their unique relationship with the faith, and offers a boatload of suggestions for movies on marriage and family.

In the previous episode, we looked at the psychology of gender discordance with Dr. Andrew Sodergren, who also provided insight into how treatment can respect the patient's biological sex without meriting the label "conversion therapy".

Find previous episodes of the podcast here and share it with your friends!
Radical Solidarity with Women and Families
Several USCCB chairmen issued a letter to Congress calling for policies which enact "radical solidarity" with mothers, children, and families. Among the many policy recommendations were included the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act, paid family leave, and the removal of marriage penalties. This follows Archbishop Lori's statement calling on all of us to build a culture of life in the aftermath of the overturn of Roe v. Wade.

You can find the full news release, along with the bishops' other news releases related to marriage and family, here.
Lasting Freedom
The Religious Alliance Against Pornography (RAAP) is hosting a webinar, "Helping People Find Lasting Freedom From Pornography", November 15th at 1pm ET. For over 30 years, RAAP has brought together religious groups, including Catholic bishops, to educate about the harmful and addictive nature of pornography, show its corrosive effect on public health, and support victims of the pornography industry. Register here.
Resisting the "Respect for Marriage" Act
Thank you for joining us in opposition to the so-called “Respect for Marriage Act”, which would prevent states from restoring the authentic understanding of marriage between man and woman if given the opportunity by the Supreme Court. The Senate has postponed a vote on the bill until at least after the November elections.

Two USCCB Bishop chairmen issued a letter urging members of Congress to oppose the bill. Please continue to tell your U.S. senators to vote “No” on the poorly-named Respect for Marriage Act, whenever it is put to a vote.
Legal/Policy Updates
State Department Drag Show– The U.S. State Dept. defended a $20,000 grant to a cultural center in Ecuador for "drag theater performances". Pope Francis has repeatedly warned of this form of "ideological colonization".

EEOC Guidance– On October 1st, a U.S. District Court ruled that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had issued unlawful guidance in the wake of the 2020 Bostock decision, which attempted to implement a definition of workplace discrimination in accord with gender ideology.

Victory for Parental Rights– A U.S. District Court dismissed a lawsuit brought by LGBT advocates against Florida's Parental Rights in Education law, mischaracterized by opponents as the "Don't Say Gay" bill.

Medical Lawsuit– A woman who worked as a physician assistant for 17 years has been fired by the University of Michigan because she declined on religious grounds to participate in "gender-affirming care", including drugs and procedures which would have attempted to change a patient's biological sex. She filed suit against the university on October 11th.

Education Lawsuit– On October 13th, a teacher at a California childcare center filed suit after she was mistreated and terminated for refusing on religious grounds to read a book to students promoting same-sex relationships.

Victory for Freedom of Speech & Religion– On October 21st, a California court ruled that a baker could not be compelled to make a cake celebrating a same-sex "wedding". '

"Pride" in Classrooms– The governor of New York reportedly ordered an investigation into a Long Island school after it ordered a teacher to remove a pride flag from a classroom.

Locker Rooms– Female students at a Vermont high school spoke out about a trans-identifying male member of the girls' volleyball team using the girls' locker room against their consent. The high school is investigating the girls for harassment, instead of investigating the invasion of privacy by a member of the opposite sex.