Resources
     

There are countless powerful, comprehensive, and often transformative resources available for people of faith, no matter what tradition they adhere to. If you’re ready to learn more about these issues in the context of your faith tradition, the links below will provide you with just a few places to start. You'll find links to sites for people who identify as Christians, Jews, Muslims, and other faith traditions as well as a few interfaith and non-denominational resources, too.

We acknowledge that this is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and that links may become out of date without our knowledge. If you notice a link that no longer works or have suggestions for something that we should consider please contact info@pflag.org!

For Christians:

The Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists
The Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists is the only organization devoted to supporting GLBT Baptists and their allies in the United States. They strive to support churches, organizations, and individuals who are committed to the full inclusion of GLBT Baptists in church life and mission.

Believe Out Loud Video: How to Be Welcoming 
This is a great four-minute video from Believe Out Loud about some of the basic steps that Christian faith leaders can take to become a welcome and affirming congregation. It includes best practices and great information for anyone interested in learning more about ways to make their church more inclusive.

Canyon Walker Connections 
Canyon Walker Connections is a blog maintained by Kathy Baldock, a straight evangelical Christian, who has dedicated her life to improving the relationship between faith communities and the GLBT community. Kathy has organized a social media project called Str8 Apology, is available for speaking engagements, and maintains an extensive list of resources for GLBT Christians and their allies.

Catholics for Equality 
Catholics for Equality was founded in 2010 to support, educate, and mobilize Catholics in the advancement of freedom and equality at the federal, state, and local levels for GLBT family, parish and community members.

Dignity USA 
Dignity USA is a chapter-based nonprofit organization founded in 1973 to serve GLBT Catholics and their allies. They stress the need to provide safe space where GLBT Catholics and their allies can share personal and spiritual concerns, participate in the sacramental life of the Church, and focus on education and social justice issues.

Equally Blessed  
Equally Blessed is an coalition of faithful Catholics who support full equality for LGBT people in the church and civil society.

Fortunate Families 
Grounded in Catholic tradition, Fortunate Families ministers primarily with Catholic parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender daughters and sons—but welcomes families of all faiths. When parents explore and value their personal stories, they are empowered to share that story with their family circle, their faith community and the larger society.

Fellowship of Reconciling Pentecostals International 
The Fellowship of Reconciling Pentecostals International is a network of Pentecostal ministers, churches, and ministries which seeks by means of the full gospel of Jesus Christ to reconcile all repentant people to God without regard to race, gender, political persuasion, economic or educational status, sexual orientation, nationality, religious affiliation, or any other thing that divides. 

The Gay Christian Network 
The Gay Christian Network (GCN) is a nonprofit ministry for GLBT Christians and their allies founded by Justin Lee in 2001. It provides an online community for support, hosts a conference each year, organizes local Bible Study, and maintains a database of welcoming congregations as well as other resources.  It’s mission statement includes five key priorities which are to promote spiritual growth, cultivate safe community, support allies, educate church communities, and engage the broader community. 

Gay Christian Fellowship 
The Gay Christian Fellowship strives to provide a safe space for GLBT Christians and their allies to consider theological, philosophical, and social issues through dialogue and fellowship. They have an extensive question and answer section and a teaching series on what many call the “clobber passages” with more content being added regularly.

Integrity USA 
Integrity is a nonprofit organization of GLBT Episcopalians and our straight friends. Integrity has been the leading grassroots voice for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the Episcopal Church and our equal access to its rites.  However, advocacy is only one facet of our ministry.  At the national level and in local chapters and diocesan networks throughout the country, the primary activities are: worship, fellowship, education, communication, outreach, and service to the church.

Les Be Pure 
Les Be Pure is an online community for Christian lesbians and their allies. They are dedicated to helping individuals find a balance between their faith and sexual orientation. They challenge their members to develop healthier lives, committed partnerships, and values based in Biblical truth.

Metropolitan Community Churches

Founded in 1968 as the first church in the world with a positive ministry to the GLBT Community, Metropolitan Community Churches has been a beacon of hope for decades. MCC Congregations provide support to GLBT people, their friends, families, and allies and continue to do amazing work in communities throughout the world. Reverend Troy Perry, the founder of MCC, presented our first ever Straight for Equality in Faith Communities award in 2012. 

More Light Presbyterians 
Following the risen Christ, and seeking to make the Church a true community of hospitality, the mission of More Light Presbyterians is to work for the full participation of GLBT people of faith in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

New Ways Ministry 
New Ways Ministry is a gay-positive ministry of advocacy and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Catholics, and reconciliation within the larger Christian and civil communities.

Reconciling Ministries Network 
The Reconciling Ministries Network is focused on mobilizing United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love.

ReconcilingWorks 
Working at the intersection of oppressions, ReconcilingWorks (formerly Lutherans Concerned) embodies, inspires, advocates and organizes for the acceptance and full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities within the Lutheran communion and its ecumenical and global partners.

Revolution Church New York City
Revolution was started in Phoenix, AZ in 1994 by Kelli Miller, Mike Walls and Straight for Equality in Faith Communities Honoree Jay Bakker. These three saw a desperate need within their community for the love of Christ as it was evident that the church was ignoring and even blatantly rejecting a whole subculture of people based on their appearance and lifestyle. Revolution sought to meet this need through having services that featured bands, DJs, art exhibits, a coffeehouse and guest speakers. You can listen to sermons for free on the church website.

Truth In Progress
Truth in Progress is a multi-media project dealing with issues of race, sexual orientation, and religion. We take a special look at the similar yet different experiences and histories of the Black Civil Rights and LGBT Rights Movements.

The UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns 
The Coalition provides support and sanctuary to GLBT people, their families and friends; advocates for their full inclusion in church and society; and brings Christ's affirming message of love and justice for all people. The United Church of Christ Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns is officially recognized by the United Church of Christ as a related, self-created organization.

Welcoming Churches 
Welcoming Churches is the database maintained by the Gay Christian Network that includes information about welcoming and affirming churches throughout the country. You can find a welcoming church in your state, register your congregation, and connect with other churches to share best practices.

For Jews:

Gay and Lesbian Orthodox Jews 
This site is designed for GLBT people that are also members of the Orthodox Jewish Community. There is an in-depth conversation about religious texts available in the FAQ section as well as statements from Orthodox Rabbis regarding the intersection of Judaism and sexuality.

Hineini 
Hineini is a Jewish GLBT visibility project sponsored by Keshet Ga’vah to highlight the accomplishments of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Jews throughout history. They have profiled Harvey Milk, Kate Bornstein, and Leslea Newman and created a series of posters that can be displayed by any organization that hopes to demonstrate their inclusivity.

The Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation 
The Institute for Judaism, Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) is the first and only institute of its kind in the Jewish world. The Institute was founded in 2000 to educate HUC-JIR students on GLBT issues to help them challenge and eliminate homophobia and heterosexism; and to learn tools to be able to transform the communities they encounter into ones that are inclusive and welcoming of GLBT Jews.

Jewish Mosaic 
Also a part of Keshet Ga’vah, Jewish Mosaic is an organization dedicated to creating institutional change within Jewish institutions to ensure that GLBT Jews and their allies can fully participate in Jewish communal life. They have resources for individuals, educators, and Rabbis as well as Jewish decision makers, organizers, and funders.

Jews for Marriage Equality 
Jews for Marriage Equality represents Jewish leaders united and working to inspire to public action, visibility, education, and mutual support of the right and freedom to marry.

JQ Youth 
JQ Youth is a social network and support group for Orthodox and formerly Orthodox GLBT youth. Their site has a number of personal stories, videos, and an extensive list of resources for young people, their parents, families, and allies.

Keshet Rabbis 
Keshet-Rabbis has been established in order to connect gay-friendly Rabbinical Assembly (RA) rabbis with one another, to serve as a collective voice of gay-friendly RA rabbis, and to offer a point of contact for Conservative/Masorti Jews who are themselves GLBT or who care about GLBT issues.

Nehirim 
Nehirim organizes retreats, programs, and events for GLBT Jews, their families, and allies. They host events all over the United States and maintain a detailed calendar of events that may of interest to GLBT Jews. They encourage their members to become advocates within their communities.

The World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews: Keshet Ga’avah 
Keshet Ga’Avah consists of more than 25 member organizations worldwide that work to ensure that GLBT Jews can live free and fulfilling lives. Formed in 1975, Keshet Ga’avah has held conferences all over the world to meet the needs of their members locally, nationally, and internationally.

SVARA 
SVARA is an academy of Jewish text study dedicated to the study of the Talmud. It is open to all those who wish to participate including individuals from other religious backgrounds. It explicitly recognizes the insight and contribution that GLBT Jews and their allies can offer to the evolving Jewish tradition.

For Muslims:

Arabs for Tolerance 
Arabs for Tolerance is an organization dedicated to educating individuals from the Arab world about sexual orientation and gender identity, dispelling myths about the GLBT community, and sharing information about the laws in Arab countries that affect the lives of GLBT Arabs. They also have information about a number of GLBT organizations that exist in the Arab and Muslim world.

Confederation of Associations of LGBTQI European Muslims 
The Confederation of Associations of LGBTQI European Muslims (CALEM) is an informal network of organizations in Europe that work toward sexual and gender diversity within Islam. They have a number of really great publications available in French, English, Turkish, Spanish, Portuguese, and a number of other languages.

Dispelling Negative & Harmful Myths about LGBT Arabs (VIDEO) 
This 20-minute video from Arabs for Tolerance is available in Arabic with English subtitles. It was created by a young Egyptian man living in the San Francisco Bay area to discuss some of the commonly held stereotypes about GLBT Arabs, the struggles that they face, and his hopes for the future.

The Inner Circle 
Based in South Africa, The Inner Circle (TIC), was formed in 1996 as an underground network of study circles meant to help GLBT Muslims reconcile Islam with their sexuality. They strive to engage diverse faiths and encourage independent reasoning among the local, national, and international Muslim community.

Imaan 
Based in the UK, Imaan strives to provide support for GLBT Muslims, their families, and their allies. Imaan promotes the Islamic values of peace, social justice, and tolerance by providing a safe space and support network meant to address issues of sexual orientation and gender identity within Islam.

Irshad Manji 
Irshad Manhji is the founder of the Moral Courage Project at New York University. She is an advocate of a reform and progressive interpretation of Islam and advocates for the GLBT community. This section of her website has links to the transcripts from speeches that she has given that discuss both the ecumenical and Islamic perspective on whether or not GLBT Muslims can be true to themselves and their faith. 

Muslims for Progressive Values 
Muslims for Progressive Values is an organization based on the Qur’anic ideals of human dignity and social justice. The actively welcome GLBT Muslims and advocate for equality locally, nationally, and internationally. They are currently working on scholarly position papers that document the basis for GLBT equality in Islamic law.

Queer Muslim Revolution
Founded in 2007, this blog that collects progressive news, information, and resources for GLBT Muslims as well as their families and friends. They also have great information about books, movies, and documentaries that deal with the topic of sexual orientation and gender identity within Islam.

Queer Muslims 
Queer Muslims is a blog meant to provide space for GLBT Muslims to express themselves, share information and resources, and connect with one another. They explicitly ban name calling, debate about Islamic texts, or negative comments.  

Safra Project 
The Safra Project works on issues relating to lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender Muslim women.  These Muslim women face a number of unique issues caused by a discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, religion, race, culture, and immigration status. It is not exclusively a faith based organization but it does have a lot of great information.

Salaam: Queer Muslim Community of Canada 
Based in Canada, Salaam is an organization that serves GLBT Muslims as well as their family and friends. They have a number of support groups that meet throughout Canada to discuss diverse subjects that relate to sexual orientation, religion, and spirituality. They also attempt to maintain a list of open and inclusive Mosques through el-Tawhid Juma Circle Mosques.

For other Faith Communities:

Affirmation 
Affirmation is an organization for GLBT Mormons as well as their families and allies. They strive to provide a safe space where gay Mormons can ask questions, find answers, and connect with others who have gone through similar experiences. They also hope to help people reconcile their sexual orientation/gender identity with their spiritual and cultural heritage as a Mormon.

Baha’I – Gay Baha’I Story Project 
The Gay Baha’I Story Project is a message board that allows GLBT Baha’I and their allies to share their stories anonymously and confidentiality. They also have an active message board, and information about the spiritual and cultural history of the Baha’I faith.

The Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests 
The Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests (BMC) is an organization that provides support and advocacy for GLBT Mennonites and their families.  They have programming that is designed to foster dialogue and provide accurate information about sexual orientation and gender identity within the Mennonite and Brethren traditions.

A Common Bond 
A Common Bond is an organization with a worldwide network of chapters designed to support GLBT Jehovah’s Witnesses and their allies. Rather than retaliating or condemning the Watchtower organization, they strive to help GLBT Jehovah’s Witnesses to love and accept themselves and to find genuine happiness in life.

Confucianism – The Useless Tree 
This site is not explicitly for GLBT Confucians but is rather a blog that applies the ancient Chinese ethical and philosophical system to various aspects of modern American Life. It is maintained by Sam Crane who tackles diverse issues including gay marriage and includes a respectful and interesting comments section.

The Family Acceptance Project -- Helping LDS Families with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Children
This downloadable publication addresses many of the concerns of Later-Day Saint individuals who have children who identify as GLBT and uses research to draw the connection between acceptance, support, and healthy, thriving youth.

Gay Buddhist Sangha 
Gay Buddhist Sangha is an organization that provides a connection that that GLBT Buddhists and their allies can support one another in their practice and exploration of the Buddha Way. They are a nonsectarian group that learn from teachers from various Buddhist traditions and strive to use the lessons and practices of their path in their everyday lives.

Hinduism – Galva 108 
The Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association (Galva 108) is an international organization for GLBT Hindus and Vaishnava. It has online support, detailed articles, and a great deal of information about the Vedic concept of a natural third gender.

Sikh – Sarbat 
Based in the UK, Sarbat is an online resource for GLBT Sikhs and their allies. It has message boards for online support, resources such as a Powerpoint about Sikhism’s approach to sexuality and gender, and information about events and programs in London.

Interfaith/Nondenominational:

California Faith for Equality 
California Faith for Equality is an interfaith network of congregations, faith-based organizations, and faith leaders who promote GLBT equality locally, regionally, and nationally. Their goals include increasing the visibility of welcoming and affirming faith leaders, helping congregations to make GLBT equality a regular part of their mission, and helping secular organizations to effectively engage faith-based group in their advocacy work.

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry  
The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) provides programming and support for research to serve faith communities, the GLBT community and their allies, as well as religious scholars. They have recently developed the Racial/Ethnic Roundtable Project which is dedicated to working within African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, and Latino communities.

Faith for Equality Virginia
People of Faith for Equality in Virginia is a collaboration of faith leaders and lay people who strive to create a statewide network of individuals dedicated to social justice. Through prayer, education, and advocacy they hope to help GLBT people who suffer from discrimination, challenge the belief that religious faith and intolerance are synonymous, and educate individuals of faith about GLBT issues.

Interfaith LGBTQ Toolkit 
Published by the Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network this toolkit has one of the most extensive lists of resources for straight allies of faith. It includes information about creating welcoming and affirming congregations, denomination specific resources, movies and books, and locally and nationally based advocacy organizations.

The Institute for Welcoming Resources 
The Institute for Welcoming Resources is a project of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force that creates resources, holds events and conferences, and helps to strengthen the welcoming church movement. The organization also offers trainings for faith based groups that would like to become more inclusive and developed ‘The Shower of Stoles’ collection to represent the lives of GLBT faith leaders from 32 faith traditions in six countries.

The Religious Institute 
The Religious Institute is a multifaith organization and a national leader when it comes to working on issues that include sexuality and religion. They provide services to clergy, congregations, and denominational bodies and have developed a number of unique resources that encourage full inclusion and participation of GLBT people in religious life.