Faith + LGBT
Many people struggle with a conflict between what their faith tradition says about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, and their love for their LGBT loved ones or their own gender identity or sexual orientation.
The following resources may be helpful for those seeking to address these conflicts:
Faith in Our Families: Parents, Families and Friends Talk About Religion and Homosexuality. This is a PFLAG publication in .pdf format with the following description: "Discovering that a loved one is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender can pose new questions about your faith and may prompt you to re-evaluate beliefs that you previously took for granted. By using personal experiences, this publication provides examples for reconciling your faith with the knowledge that a loved one is gay."
What the Bible Says -- and Doesn't Say -- About Homosexuality. This is a resource from SoulForce in .pdf format which answers the following question: "How can you consider yourself a Christian when you are also gay?"
be not afraid. This PFLAG publication in .pdf format, from the Straight for Equality series, is specifically designed for straight allies in faith communities.
Welcoming Congregations are those whose members actively and thoughtfully welcome the LGBTQ community and their families. You may wish to visit the Institute for Welcoming Resources search page to find a local Welcoming Congregation, and we encourage local congregations to add themselves to this database.