Advocate Magazine Bestows Pope Francis With Person Of The Year Honor


Pope Francis is quite popular these days. The Supreme Pontiff landed on Barbara Walters’ final “Most Fascinating People of the Year” list and scored “Person of the Year” honors from TIME magazine. He’s notched another “Person of the Year” title and this time, it’s from a glossy gay magazine.

In a controversial move, The Advocate chose the Holy Father, as the “single most influential person of 2013 on the lives of LGBT people.” They even stamped the NOH8 logo on his cheek. The publication’s editors explain, “Pope Francis’s stark change in rhetoric from his two predecessors – both who were at one time or another among The Advocate’s annual Phobie Awards – makes what he’s done in 2013 all the more daring.”

Not surprisingly, this selection has divided the magazine’s readers. Some praise them for their bold choice, while others are aghast that the publication is ignoring the Catholic Church’s centuries of gay persecution. Where do you weigh in?

As someone raised Catholic, I choose to view the positive in this situation. Any step forward about being compassionate to the gay community by the reigning leader of the Catholic Church, albeit small, is a good thing. After all, his statements have a huge impact on his followers. Check out the other finalists The Advocate considered for their “Person of the Year” title. I’m certain none of them would’ve created nearly as much buzz. Controversy sells, right?

2013 Advocate’s Person of the Year Finalists

  • Justice Anthony Kennedy
  • Macklemore
  • Prop 8 Plaintiffs (Kristin Perry and Sandy Stier, and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo)
  • Lesbian WNBA Athlete Brittney Griner
  • Blue Is the Warmest Color Actresses Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos
  • Russian TV Gay Anchor Anton Krasovsky
  • Jane Doe, Trans Teen In Colorado
  • Gay Science Teen Prodigy Jack Andraka
  • The Bisexuals – Zoe Saldana, Clive Davis, Crystal Bowersox, Tom Daley

To check out the heated discussion and the full article, head over to The Advocate.

  • Jonty Coppersmith

    I say this is totally fcuked up. Francis is speaking pretty words, but he is not changing any doctrine or policy as he has explicitly stated. So they’re dressing up their homophobia in kind words. Actions speak louder than words.

  • Douggseven

    As per usual – the Advocate gets it wrong. For a people that claim they are too intelligent for religion, they sure are praising it’s leader when it’s words they want to hear. He’s also saying what every other priest/preacher has been saying for decades – ‘hate the sin, love the sinner’. So because he’s found a more clever way to say it, he deserves praise? Nothing he says warrants adulation, especially from the gay media. He still thinks you live in sin, doesn’t want same sex couples to marry, and being gay is a choice.

  • BitterOldQueen

    Total nonsense. Sure Frank may be less onerous than his predecessors, but all the nice words he says have not changed the underlying Catholic teachings about homosexuality (just because celibacy is so appealing for your priests doesn’t mean it’s a great idea for gays too, fellas). As Douggseven says, it’s just a new riff on the “love the sinner/hate the sin” song.And to say that the Pope saying something not offensive is a act that deserves Person of the Year status in the gay community is utter nonsense in a year when Prop 8 was struck down (Kennedy would’ve been good; the plaintiffs better; the attorneys even better); Jack Andraka would have been inspirational. But the Pope?? I stopped my subscription to the Advocate years ago, having grown tired of straight movie stars on the cover; this just confirms that this particular publication is utterly out of step with its community.

  • annoyed

    I really hope the majority of the lgbt community is educated enough to disagree with the Advocate. Silly men in costumes, preaching the same fairytales, the same ones that claimed the world was flat and that we were the centre of the universe.