Life for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people has changed dramatically. Among other breakthroughs, marriage equality is the law of the land. What few people realize is that these history-shifting events are largely due to faith communities taking a courageous, love-affirming stand. As religious institutions raise their voices for justice and inclusion, LGBTQ folks, long closeted, are wondering if they might finally be open in their faith communities.
While many people enjoy a rich, spiritual life outside the realm of organized religion, this guide is aimed at folks who hope to lead their faith communities toward a more welcoming stance, and those seeking a path back to beloved traditions. Because each of those traditions is built upon its own complex history and doctrine, these pages will offer general, overarching insights and suggestions. The hope is always to spark new ideas, new dialogue and new courage.
Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2014