Michael J. Bayly

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Gender Male
Industry Education
Location St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
Introduction Born and raised in Australia, I now reside in the U.S. where from 2003-2015 I served as the executive coordinator of the Catholic Pastoral Committee on Sexual Minorities (CPCSM). During this time I also helped found both The Progressive Catholic Voice and the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform.

I established The Wild Reed in 2006 as a sign of solidarity with all who are dedicated to living lives of integrity – though, in particular, with gay people seeking to be true to both the gift of their sexuality and their Catholic faith. The Wild Reed's original by-line read, “Thoughts and reflections from a progressive, gay, Catholic perspective.” As you can see, it reads differently now. This is because my journey has, in many ways, taken me beyond, or perhaps better still, deeper into the realities that the words “progressive,” “gay,” and “Catholic” seek to describe.
Interests Spirituality, Catholic Church, sexuality, politics, culture.
Favorite Movies Jesus of Montreal, The Night of the Iguana, Picnic at Hanging Rock, A Passage to India, Walk on Water, Wild Reeds, Cradle Will Rock, Brokeback Mountain, Howl's Moving Castle, Mrs. Dalloway, Lilies, Donnie Darko, Julia, The Road to Love, The New World, Children of Men, High Tide, The Grocer's Son.
Favorite Music Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kate Bush, Dusty Springfield, Wendy Matthews, Maxwell, Suede, The Verve, Rosanne Cash, Loreena McKennitt, Pixies, Jenny Morris, Emmylou Harris, Pet Shop Boys, Jamiroquai, Clouds, Ana Christensen, Nick Drake, Bobbie Gentry, Jeff Buckley, The Church, Midnight Oil, Lloyd Cole, Marianne Faithfull, Robbie Robertson, Divinyls, Engelbert Humperdinck, Imperial Teen, Rufus Wainwright, Zwan, Ani Defranco, David Bowie, The Hummingbirds, Maria Callas.
Favorite Books Writings of Doris Lessing, At Swim Two Boys, Life of Pi, The Neverending Story, The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, Another World Is Possible If . . ., The Catholic Church: A Short History, Why I Am A Catholic, Inner Christianity, Tomorrow's Catholic, Meeting Jesus Again For the First Time, Earth Democracy, The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World?, Roots and Wings, The Sufi Book of Life.