LGBT Religious And Spiritual Organizations, National And International

LGBT Positive Religious Organizations

LGBT religious and spiritual groups are in almost all religious traditions. These national and International gay religious organizations can help connect people to denominations, resources, and text studies.

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National Organizations:

GLADD: (included because they are a good resource for religious gay communities)
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.

Believe Out Loud
"We are a Million Strong. We believe Jesus’ message compels us to welcome all, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Show the world that you can be Christian AND believe in LGBT equality. Join the movement to unite a million Christians for LGBT equality in the church and beyond."
Believe Out Loud

Al-Fatiha Foundation: is an organization that advances the cause of gay, lesbian, and transgender Muslims. It was founded in 1997 by Faisal Alam, a Pakistani American, and is registered as a nonprofit organization in the United States. Imam Daayiee Abdullah is also a board member of the Al-Fatiha Foundation.

Dignity USA (Roman Catholic): “Celebrating the Wholeness and holiness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Catholics.”

Reconciling Ministries Network (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.
Reconciling Ministries Network

UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns
The Coalition provides support and sanctuary to all our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender sisters and brothers, 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.
UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns

UU Welcome And Equality
Unitarian Universalist congregations extend a warm welcome to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, families, and communities. We work to promote acceptance, inclusion, understanding, and equity for LGBT persons of all ages, abilities, colors, and genders, both within our denomination and in society at large. We are committed to protecting the civil and legal rights of LGBT people and families across the country.
UU Welcome And Equality

The Evangelical Network: “is an association of LGBT affirming evangelical ministries and individuals seeking to provide a safe place for LGBT to discover Christianity, gather to pray and worship and come together for social as well as fellowship causes.”

The Gay Christian Network: “is a nonprofit ministry serving Christians who happen to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, and those who care about them.”

Integrity USA: “Integrity is a nonprofit organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [LGBT] Episcopalians and our straight friends. Since our 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 and our equal access to its rites.”

Jewish Queer Youth: “We are a social/support group made up of frum/formerly frum* gay, lesbian, bi, and trans Jews ages 17-30. We meet regularly for monthly meetings and informal social get-togethers.” *Frum includes: "modern orthodox, yeshivish, chasidish and traditional-conservative"

Keshet (Jewish):
"Keshet is a lifeline. It affirms that there is an honorable place in the Jewish community for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities."

Lutherans Concerned North America/Reconciling Works: ReconcilingWorks advocates for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church and congregations. We provide a place of comfort and safety. We reach out to teach that Christ's message, the Gospel, is for everyone equally.

Affirmation (LDS)
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals from every background and situation, united in the shared experience of a spiritual and/or cultural heritage in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS/Mormon).

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 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of faith in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA).”

Muslims for Progressive Values: Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) is an inclusive community rooted in the traditional Qur’anic ideals of human dignity and social justice. We welcome all who are interested in discussing, promoting and working for the implementation of progressive values — human rights, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state — as well as inclusive and tolerant understandings of Islam.

Nehirim: Nehirim is a national community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Jews, partners, and allies, committed to a more just and inclusive world.

New Ways Ministry: 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.

Room For All: “We are Room for All, responding to the inclusive love of God through: welcome and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies, authentic dialogue with those who think differently.”

SoulForce: “Soulforce is committed to freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people from religious and political oppression through relentless nonviolent resistance. As we enter our second decade of work, we invite you to join our movement.”

Jewish Outlook: “LGBTI Jewish alliance in South Africa aims to provide support to Jewish LGBTI people who are in the process of coming out, to provide a social environment for this community and to help provide political representation for the LGBTI community.”

Masjid Al-Nural Isslaah: in Washington D.C. is an LGBT friendly mosque. “Masjid An-Nural Isslaah is a progressive Muslim prayer center in Washington, DC. We are associated with El-Tawhid Jum'ah Prayer Circle, and we provide sacred prayer space that is inclusive in Quranic philosophy, gender equal in practice, queer friendly in acceptance, intrafaith welcoming and interfaith involved.”

Queer Dharma: "We are a community of meditation practice for all people, founded and hosted by LGBTQ people [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer]. A broad range of Buddhist traditions are represented in our membership and visiting teachers. We are at all levels of experience, from questioning/beginners to long-time practitioners."

The Inner Circle: "The Inner Circle (TIC) was established by a concerned group Muslims in 1996 as an underground social and support group and is a South Africa-based organization that provides support for LGBT Muslims."

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.””

Unity Fellowship Church
"God is Love and Love is for Everyone. It is impossible to love each other without a sense of mutual (equal) worth and respect for each other. A worshiping community largely for and by the LGBT African American community."
The Unity Fellowship Church

Metropolitan Community Churches
"MCC is a global Christian church of loving, affirming and welcoming communities of faith. We are “Tearing Down Walls” of oppression and injustice in your community and around the world. Because we are a people of the Good News, we are working with our Divine Creator to “Build Up Hope” among our siblings worldwide."
Metropolitan Community Churches

International Organizations:

Salaam Canada: Salaam is an organization dedicated to Muslims who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual/ transgender and or intersex, as well as those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity, their families and friends.

Calem (Europe): The CALEM conference long-term goal is to contribute actively, always in a peaceful manner, to the development of a new representation of human sexuality among Muslims. This intellectual endeavor is related to theIslamic liberation theology currents of thought that our organizations support as a kind of avant-garde.

The Open Door Community of Christ (Sydney, Austrailia): “The Open Door is for people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered. Our wider church community is a like a big sister to us. Our congregation is very different to any other Community of Christ congregation in the world. But the Open Door can call on the older sister for help, support and friendship. The Open Door is a rainforest of diversity, where our cultural, religious, and attitudinal differences give us colour and strength as we become interconnected in love for one another through Christ.”

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