Hammes Bookstore to Host Greg Bourke’s Book Signing for “Gay, Catholic, and American” During LGBT History Month

On Friday October 1, from 3:30 to 5:00 PM, Greg Bourke (ND ’82) will sign copies of his new memoir Gay, Catholic, and American: My Legal Battle for Marriage Equality and Inclusion at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. The book provides an illuminating account that anyone, no matter their ideological orientation, can read for insight, and it will appeal to those interested in civil rights, Catholic social justice, and LGBTQ inclusion.


Bourke’s profoundly moving memoir highlights his historic role as one of the named plaintiffs in the landmark United States Supreme Court decision Obergefell vs. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015. Bourke is unapologetically Catholic, and his faith provides the framework for this inspiring story of how the Bourke De Leon family struggled to overcome antigay discrimination and fought to legalize same-sex marriage across the country.

“Greg Bourke’s remarkable memoir Gay, Catholic, and American is about how he and his husband became plaintiffs in one of the most pivotal Supreme Court cases in LGBTQ+ history. . . . Bourke’s story is directed by perseverance, grit, and faith. Throughout, he refuses to accept that his sexual orientation and his religion cannot coexist.”

Foreword Reviews

Greg Bourke has had a long corporate career in information technology and management. He currently works as a health economist. Bourke and his husband Michael De Leon were named 2015 Persons of the Year by the National Catholic Reporter and have been active in establishing LGBTQ alumni networks at the University of Notre Dame, University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, and other organizations.

Greg Bourke has the following events scheduled in the area:

  • October 1, Book signing at Hammes Bookstore
  • October 1, Book event at Saint Mary’s College
  • October 7, GALA ND/SMC Book Reception
  • Nov. 19, Book signing at Hammes Bookstore

The Hammes book signing is free and open to the public.

For more information, or to schedule an interview with Greg Bourke, contact: Kathryn Pitts, pitts.5@nd.edu, 574.631.3267

This story first appeared at undpressnews.nd.edu.

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