LGBTQ in the Church

Organizations

Believe Out Loud
Believe Out Loud is an online community that empowers Christians to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) equality. Reaching an average of 3 – 5 million people per month, we are the leading platform in Christian faith and LGBTQ advocacy.

Believe Out Loud Episcopal Congregations
A map of all Integrity Believe Out Loud Episcopal Congregations. If you have an unwelcoming experience at one of these congregations because of your sexual orientation or gender identity, please contact Integrity USA at info@integrityusa.org

Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion
The Center serves three distinct but overlapping constituencies: the world of academic religious scholarship; faith communities; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender people and organizations. For each of these constituent groups, CLGS is committed to providing programming and support for research, resources, education for leadership, and community-building/advocacy. 

Chicago Consultation
The Chicago Consultation, a group of Episcopal and Anglican lay people, clergy and bishops, supports the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians in The Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion. Today our work is concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa, where we work with theologians, clergy and advocates to build networks and explore the intersection of scripture and sexuality.

Claiming the Blessing
An intentional collaborative of organizations and individuals within The Episcopal Church advocating for full inclusion of all the baptized in all sacraments of the church — including the blessing of same-sex relationships and equal access to all orders of ministry by qualified gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered candidates.

How to Stay Safe Online
An online survey asked 695 LGBTQ+ people worldwide about their experiences online as they relate to their sexual orientation and gender identity. The results – referenced throughout this article – illuminated the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community.

Institute for Welcoming Resources
The purpose of this ecumenical group is to provide the resources to facilitate a paradigm shift in multiple denominations whereby churches become welcoming and affirming of all congregants regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. IWR wants to help build church homes that are truly welcoming and nurturing, where everyone knows “they’re okay, just like they are.” In early 2006, IWR became a program of the National LGBTQ Task Force, through a formal merger.

Integrity USA
A nonprofit organization comprised of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [LGBT] Episcopalians and straight friends. Since its founding by Dr. Louie Crew in rural Georgia in 1974, Integrity has been the leading grassroots voice for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the Episcopal Church.

National LGBTQ Task Force
The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. We are building a future where everyone can be free to be their entire selves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we’ve made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. 

Our Bible App
An LGBT-affirming bible app that seeks to “uplift ALL believers”

Q Christian Fellowship
A diverse community with varied backgrounds, cultures, theologies and denominations, drawn together through our love of Christ and our belief that every LGBTQ+ person, indeed, every person is a beloved child of God. Q Christian Fellowship cultivates radical belonging among LGBTQ+ people and allies through a commitment to growth, community, and relational justice.

TransEpiscopal
TransEpiscopal is a group of transgender and allied Episcopalians dedicated to fostering the full embrace of trans and nonbinary people, and our loved ones within The Episcopal Church and to inspiring faith-based advocacy for trans justice in the wider world. We are an informal group and though many of us are affiliated with The Episcopal Church we have no official relationship to The Episcopal Church. 

Whosoever: an online magazine for LGBT Christians
Whosoever was founded as a print magazine in 1996 to serve as a voice and a resource for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Christians. Back then there was little, if any, support to be found for LGBT Christians — not just on the internet, but also in print. Christian magazines such as Christianity Today and Moody’s regularly took potshots at LGBT people.