“Prejean, as a sheltered nun living in a convent in New Orleans, was oblivious not only to the fearsome death penalty rate in China (which executes more people annually than the rest of the world combined) but also to the race-based horrors of poverty a few blocks away in a low-income housing project, and the disproportionate ratio of young black men languishing on death row in the United States. Shielded by “class and culture,” she explains, she was “asleep” and had to be “awakened” to the realities of racism and deep poverty within her own city. One of the voices who roused Prejean was fellow Roman Catholic sister, sociologist Marie Augusta Neal (1921-2004). Neal taught Prejean that the Christian vocation was not simply to show charity toward the poor, but to strive for justice for the poor. It was a personal game changer, one that pulled Prejean out of her well-ordered convent down the street to the St. Thomas housing project, where she lived among the impoverished black residents.”But do we extend the same vocational call to advocate for sexual minorities? What reservations or hesitations arise? Certainly, there is the question for some people of faith whether or not they would then be advocating for that which is sinful – if not the experience of a differing sexual identity, then the outworking of such minority identity in behaviour and relationships. Others wrestle with not wanting to reinforce an identity that they would see as an unhelpful and imposed social construct. Within these reservations, I wonder if we miss the point. The question of advocacy is not about who someone might be or should be – what they might do or should do. The question of advocacy is about that individual right where they are, right now. It is about stepping into that place, being present, sharing life, extending respect and dignity to that person as they are. It is about building a residence that may save and protect a vulnerable person from the streets, from prostitution, addiction or death. It is about saying, “You are worth it.” It is about justice. It is about taking on human flesh and moving into the neighbourhood. It is, in the holiest possible sense, giving a damn.