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NEWTOWN: The foundation stone of St Joseph’s Catholic Church was laid on July 31, 1866 and the building opened in May 23, 1869. It is a heritage listed building which holds a special place in the history of Newtown. The church is Gothic Sydney sandstone with original stained glass windows. The church stands for the 150 years of a church community committed to engagement with the local community.
There is a commonly held view that a conflict rages between religion and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) community. Conservative Christian leaders continue to make public statements against LGBTIQ people. Most recently, leader of the Christian Democrats, the Hon. Rev. Fred Nile, made comments that homosexuality should be defined as a mental disorder. In response, many LGBTIQ people steer clear of churches and other religious institutions, fearful that they will experience discrimination and rejection.