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Kalaya'an Mendoza, Queer Filipinx Social Justice Facilitator. Co-Founder, Across Frontlines.

Kalaya’an Mendoza is a queer activist and organizer for social justice movements. After facing bullying and hostility for being gay, he left the Catholic Church at a young age and sought refuge in Buddhism.

Having heard of Fr. Julian Jagudilla, Kalaya’an opened up not for a return to the church, but for a conversation on faith and solidarity. To Fr. Julian, faith is a journey that demands respect, reminding us that before the Catholic Church became a bastion of conservatism, the way, the truth, and the light bore revolutionary aims.

Watch how their dialogue paves new paths for understanding, collectivity, and community.

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