In a tweet sent on June 1, 2019, Bishop Tobin warned Catholics to “not support or attend LGBTQ ‘Pride Month’ events held in June” because “they promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals.” He also said the events “are especially harmful for children.” After enormous backlash from the political community, he issued a statement saying he stood by his remarks but that he regrets they turned out to be “so controversial.” He said he hoped a local pro-gay rally would be “a safe, positive and productive experience for all.” Bishop Tobin said he would pray for “mutual understanding and respect in our very diverse community”