Eve Tushnet

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Eve Tushnet (born 1978) is a lesbian Catholic author, blogger, and speaker.[1][2] In addition to publishing a book, she has a blog and has written for The American Spectator, Commonweal, National Catholic Register, National Review, and The Washington Blade.[3][4][5] As of 2010, she lives in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC.[5]

Family and early life[edit]

Tushnet came out as a lesbian around the age of 13 or 14, and her family was supportive.[5] She entered Yale University in 1996 as "a happy lesbian."[5] Raised in a "secular Jewish" household, she converted to Catholicism in 1998 at the age of 19 during her sophomore year.[6][2]

Her father is Mark Tushnet and her mother is Elizabeth Alexander, who directs the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union.[5] Her sister Rebecca Tushnet is a professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center.[5]

Beliefs about homosexuality[edit]

Tushnet is celibate due to the Catholic Church's ban on sex outside heterosexual marriage.[6][2] She does not support same-sex marriage, having stated that marriage should be reserved for heterosexuals, whose "relationships can be either uniquely dangerous or uniquely fruitful. Thus it makes sense to have an institution dedicated to structuring and channeling them."[5]

"I really think the most important thing is, I really like being gay and I really like being Catholic," she says. "If nobody ever calls me self-hating again, it will be too soon."[5]


  • Eve Tushnet (2014). Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith. ISBN 978-1594715426.

Fiction publications[edit]


  1. ^ "'Gay and Catholic': An Interview with Author Eve Tushnet". America Magazine. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Gallagher, Rachel (March 8, 2017). "CUA on Tap: "Gay and Catholic"". Washington, DC: The Tower. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  3. ^ Tushnet, Eve. "Rich Dad, Poor Dad". The American Spectator. Retrieved February 25, 2014.
  4. ^ "Eve Tushnet, a gay Catholic woman, talks of serving in the church". Blogs.denverpost.com. May 16, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Oppenheimer, Mark (June 4, 2010). "A Gay Catholic Voice Against Same-Sex Marriage". New York Times. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Boorstein, Michelle (December 13, 2014). "Gay Christians choosing celibacy emerge from the shadows". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  7. ^ "Publication Listing - Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet #24". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved July 7, 2015.

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