LGBT-Whatever

The Our Spirit links can help you Talk to Someone or findInclusive Churches that welcome people who are LGBTQ.  Many Other Denominations that are not so inclusive even have groups working for LGBTQ diversity. There are additional Inclusive Christian Resources.  You can find newsletters, FAQ’s, ideas for school, scholarships and other places to talk under Resources for Youth.  Also check out General LGBTQ Resources, Helpful Movies and take a look at the fiction Books We Like.  Let us know if there’s another link that’s been helpful to you.

Here’s a special shout-out to The Safe Schools Coalition which has AMAZING lists of resources by location and topic.

 

Talk to Someone

Trevor Project
Suicide is never the answer. The Trevor Helpline can help – it’s a national 24-hour toll-free suicide prevention hotline.  Daniel Radcliffe from Harry Potter is one of their national spokespeople. Toll free
1-800-850-8078 and 1-866-488-7386. www.thetrevorproject.org

GLBT National Youth Talkline
Telephone and email peer-counseling for teens and young adults up to age 25. Toll-free 1-800-246-PRIDE (1-800-246-7743).  Also an on-line database of resources (religion, student, support etc.) in cities and towns across the United States that you can search by zipcode. www.glnh.org

 

Inclusive Churches

Directory of Churches
An on-line Church Directory of LGBTQ-friendly churches in the United States and around the world, information about what the Bible really says, books, Spanish resources and more. www.gaychurch.org

Metropolitan Community Church
Founded by and for the LGBTQ community, MCC has churches in 48 states and there are members in every state and from 22 countries. www.mccchurch.org

Quaker
In the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), people from a variety of backgrounds and beliefs embark together on a spiritual journey. Individual beliefs may vary, but Quakers share an understanding of a Divine presence in all people, including those who are LGBTQ. www.quaker.org

United Church of Christ
The national organization of several denominations – Congregational, the Evangelical and Reformed Church and others –  is 100% gay-affirming.  UCC churches that declare themselves Open and Affirming have decided to make an official statement that they are gay-inclusive.  Extensive gay and youth resources and links to official O&A churches.  www.ucc.org

Unitarian Universalists
Some UU churches use the Bible, others do not.  All churches are 100% inclusive.  Extensive gay and youth resources.  www.uua.org

Unity
Unity is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus and the power of prayer. Unity honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual’s right to choose a spiritual path. www.unity.org

 

 

Support within Other Denominations

Affirmation: Gay & Lesbian Mormons
An organization of people who believe in the worth of every soul regardless of their sexual or gender orientation. Affirmation’s mission is to provide a forum for gay Mormons to associate with their peers.  Includes youth pages.  www.affirmation.org

Affirmation, United Methodists
As an independent voice of LGBTQ people, Affirmation radically reclaims the compassionate and transforming gospel of Jesus Christ by relentlessly pursuing full inclusion in the Church as they journey with the Spirit in creating God’s beloved community.  www.umaffirm.org

Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists
Churches, organizations, and individuals willing to go on record as welcoming and affirming all persons without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.  www.wabaptists.org

Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests
The mission of BMC is to cultivate an inclusive church and society and to care for the Mennonite and Brethren lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied community.  Includes resources for youth and young adults.  www.bmclgbt.org

A Common Bond (Jehova’s Witness)
International Support Network for LGBT Current and Former Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Also French, Portuguese and Spanish resources.  www.gayxjw.org

Dignity (Catholic)
Working for a time when GLBT Catholics are affirmed and experience dignity through the integration of their spirituality with their sexuality, and as beloved persons of God participate fully in all aspects of life within the Church and Society.  Includes content for youth.  www.dignityusa.org

Emergence International (Christian Scientist)
A worldwide community of Christian Scientists, families and friends providing spiritual and educational support for LGBTpeople as they deal with homophobia and heterosexism. www.emergence-international.org

Gay and Lesbian Acceptance (Community of Christ)
GALA is an association of persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities affiliated with Community of Christ. www.galaweb.org

Gay Bible Christians (Pentecostal)
A healing, prayer, evangelizing, prophecy, and resource publishing ministry for gay Pentecostal Christians. www.gaybiblechristians.org

Gay, Lesbian and Affirming Disciples Alliance (Disciples of Christ)
An organization of LGBT and affirming members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). www.gladalliance.org

Integrity (Episcopal)
A faithful witness of God’s inclusive love to the Episcopal Church and the LGBT community working for the full inclusion of all the baptized in all the sacraments. www.integrityusa.org

Kinship (Seventh Day Advetist)
A safe
 spiritual and social 
community to LGBTI 
current and former 
Seventh-day Adventists.  IMRU is a group of people under 30. In Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, French, German, Russian, Spanish.  www.sdakinship.net

Lutherans Concerned North America
Working for the full inclusion of LGBT Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church and congregations. www.lcna.org

More Light Presbyterians
Individuals and congregations working for the full participation of LGBT people of faith in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA). www.mlp.org

Rainbow Baptists
Churches, organizations, and individuals willing to go on record as welcoming and affirming all persons without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity, and who have joined together to advocate for the full inclusion of LGBT persons within Baptist communities of faith. http://www.rainbowbaptists.org

Reconciling Ministries Network (United Methodist)
The Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) is a growing movement of United Methodist individuals, congregations, campus ministries, and other groups working for the full participation of all people in the United Methodist Church. www.rmnetwork.org/

 

Inclusive Christian Resources

Believe Out Loud
Believe Out Loud is a collection of clergy and lay leaders, LGBT activists, and concerned individuals, working together to help the Protestant community become more welcoming to gays and lesbians.  www.believeoutloud.com

Chi Roh Press
A publishing house serving the LGBT community, providing books and other resources to nourish the spiritual and religious aspects of life.  www.chirhopress.com

The Center for Progressive Christianity
Giving a strong voice both in the churches and the public arena to the advocates of progressive Christianity
www.tcpc.org

Faith in America (FIA)
A national organization that strives to end religion-based bigotry against LGBT people. Great articles on homosexuality, Christianity and the Bible (and more). They published Crisis in America, 40 personal accounts of growing up gay.  www.faithinamerica.info

For the Bible Tells Me So
Can the love between two people ever be an abomination? Is the chasm separating gays and lesbians and Christianity too wide to cross? Is the Bible an excuse to hate? Through the experiences of five very normal, very Christian, very American families discover how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child.  www.forthebibletellsmeso.org

Out in Scripture
A resource of the Human Rights Campaign supporting that Bible is not about beating anyone up, but lifting everyonel up and includes the seeds of liberation and justice. “You, too, can be out in Scripture.”  www.hrc.org/scripture

Religious Institute, Faithful Voices on Sexuality and Religion
The Religious Institute’s mission is to change the way America understands the relationship of sexuality and religion. LGBT inclusion is one of their priorities.  www.religiousinstitute.org

Soulforce
Founded by Mel White, a Southern Baptist minister who in midlife became public about being attracted to men, Soulforce strives to free LGBT people from religious and political oppression.  In addition to on-the-street activism, Soulforce offers lots of information on the Bible and connections to gay-friendly churches.   www.soulforce.org

Straight-Friendly
A devotional blog for GLBT and other alienated Christians… with occasional personal observations. straight-friendlyblogspot.com

 

Resources for Youth

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
National organization working for safe schools.  Great resources for students, including a Jump-Start Guide for Gay-Straight Alliances.  www.glsen.org

Advocates for Youth
Helps young people – gay, straight, whatever – make informed and responsible decisions about sexual and reproductive health.  Great FAQ’s (frequently asked questions) about being gay and links to resources.  www.advocatesforyouth.org

Gay-Straight Alliance Network
Great info about starting, running, growing the best GSA. Officially an organization for California, it’s still an amazing resource for people anywhere.   www.gsanetwork.org

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
The largest organization working for the LGBT civil rights, HRC has tons of info, including youth and student pages, lists of college GSA’s around the country, college scholarships for LGBT youth, coming out resources, GenEq newsletter and Queerly Speaking weekly YouTube update.  www.hrc.org (student link: www.hrc.org/issues/youth_and_campus_activism.asp )

Matthew Shepard Foundation
The foundation works for civil rights and equality and the Matthew’s Place section has coming out and other resources, news, great lists of books, even music.  A big, dynamic resource.  And fun.   www.matthewshepard.org

National Youth Advocacy Coalition
An organization that advocates for and with LGBTQ youth in an effort to end discrimination and ensure well-being.  They have downloadable resources including Youth Connections, a guide to LGBT Youth Resources, and Breaking the Mold, an Action Kit for Transgender youth. www.nyacyouth.org

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
PFLAG has over 500 local chapters across the United States, helps families with the coming out process and promotes equality.  They also have great downloadable resources such as Be Yourself and Faith in Our Families. www.pflag.org

Point Foundation
Scholarships, mentoring and leadership training for college and graduate school students without family support.  www.pointfoundation.org

Safe Schools Coalition
Helps make schools safer places for LGBT youth.  Also, the youth page has many, many resources and links from cyber-bullying, to being LGBTQ, to scholarships, homeless shelters and suicide prevention. Safe Schools Coalition has an amazing list of agencies helping LGBTQ youth in all 50 states, Australia, Canada, Ireland and the UK. www.safeschoolscoalition.org

Youth Resource
Created by and for GLBT youth, the website provides information on health, advocacy, living, news and peer support.  The Queer Living section has information on Faith and Spirituality as well as Rural Living.  Youth Resource is a project of Advocates for Youth.  www.youthresource.com

Youth Guardian Services
Youth-run email lists (youth ages 13-17; or 17-21; or 21-25) as a safe space to talk with one another on coming out, schools, parents, friends, relationships and other gay and non-gay issues. There are extensive rules to keep the space safe.  www.youth-guard.org

 

General LGBTQ Resources

GLBT National Help Center
In addition to the Talkline (see above), the GLBT National Help Center also has an on-line database of resources (religion, student, support etc.) that you can search by zipcode. www.glnh.org

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
The largest organization working for the LGBT civil rights, HRC has tons of info, including youth and student pages, lists of college GSA’s around the country, college scholarships for LGBT youth, coming out resources, GenEq newsletter and Queerly Speaking weekly YouTube update.  www.hrc.org (student link: www.hrc.org/issues/youth_and_campus_activism.asp )

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Trains people and organizations to defeat anti-gay agenda.  One of their focuses is helping youth. Their resources include policy papers, a national conference, and a campus organizing guide.  www.thetaskforce.org

Truth Wins Out
Dedicated to exposing the dangerous practice of ex-gay therapy and fight back against the anti-gay propoganda.  www.truthwinsout.org

 

Cool Resources That Don’t Fit These Categories

Colage
For people who have one or more gay parents.  www.colage.org