Is Homosexuality Still Considered a Sin?

Despite recent societal advances, there is still a vast amount of hatred towards those individuals who identify as being gay, lesbian, or bisexual. A proportionate amount of this discrimination towards the LGBT community comes, quite surprisingly, from those who identify as being religious.
Now, I don’t want to paint the picture that all Church members go around bashing us gays on the heads with their bibles. I am fully aware that the lack of acceptance of the LGBT community is only demonstrated by a small group of religious people. However, it is unfortunate that the minority who show this lack of support towards those individuals who are homosexual seems to include some pretty influential people, the head of the Catholic Church being a prime example.
During a speech given at Capitol Hill at the end of last month, Pope Francis spoke of his concerns, “for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without.” He then went on to say that “fundamental relationships are being called into question,” causing many to conclude that his comments were a thinly veiled dig at the recent legalisation of same sex marriage across America.
This is not the first time that his comments on marriage have led to speculation that he does not accept same sex couples as, last November, he spoke of the “complementarity of man and woman” and emphasised that this was “at the root of marriage and family.” He concluded this talk by saying he hoped his words inspire those seeking, “to support and strengthen the union of man and woman in marriage,” showing a blatant disregard towards those same sex couples who wished to be wed.
Although, it could be argued that Pope Francis was simply talking about marriage in a more ‘traditional’ sense, it cannot be ignored that our society is now extremely diverse; therefore, looking at our culture in a ‘traditional’ way is extremely problematic.
The way in which the LGBT community were not acknowledged in these comments indicates a complete lack of support, and perhaps even a lack of acceptance, towards them as it seems to imply that, in his opinion, the sanctity of marriage should have remained a privilege available explicitly for heterosexual couples.
If the head of the Catholic Church can display what seems like complete ignorance towards the LGBT community and continues to refuse to even acknowledge their basic rights, then how can we expect those who look up to him to begin to support and accept those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans.
As long as these influential figures maintain a homophobic mindset, they are enabling those individuals who lead by their example to continue meeting the LGBT community with hostility and discrimination, using their religion as justification for doing so.