Earlier this week, the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church approved a resolution to support LGBTQ youth.

According to AL.com, the resolution calls on churches to, “encourage families to support gay and lesbian youth and to work with schools to prevent bullying.”

HRC’s groundbreaking report, Growing Up LGBT in America, found that 4 in 10 LGBT youth (42 percent) believe that the community they live in is not accepting of LGBT people. Additionally, the report found that LGBT youth are twice as likely as their peers to say they have been physically assaulted, kicked or shoved at school.

Rev. Dave Barnhart, the author of the resolution, told AL.com, “I wanted to say, 'Parents, don't kick kids out of your home, don't send them to conversion therapy'…. One of the worst things you can do when your child comes out as gay is to say, 'You're wrong,' or 'You're just confused.'"

The Methodist Church has been a leader in acceptance of LGBT people and families in the religion and faith community. The church’s Book of Discipline bans discrimination at the congregational level, and recognizes the “sacred worth” of all persons. Current policy states, “We implore families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends. We commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all persons.”

To learn more about the resolution, click here.

A growing number of religious groups have issued statements officially welcoming LGBT people as members. Learn more about the positions’ of different faith groups here.

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