Works to end the harm to LGBT youth and families from misguided religious teaching through engaging public dialogue, confronting religious-based stigma and hostility, effective media strategies, educating elected officials, and letting history speak.
HRC’s Religion and Faith Program seeks to engage all faith traditions in a deeper dialogue on questions of fairness and equality for LGBT Americans. Through initiatives such as Clergy Call for Justice and Equality, a Seminary & Mentorship program and Putting Faith into Action, HRC has been working to build a diverse faith-based movement speaking out for LGBT justice.
Soulforce is a national non-profit that works nonviolently to end the religious and political oppression of LGBTQ people. While it is not itself a faith-based organization, it leads from the understanding that oppressive religious beliefs, civil rights abuses, and anti-feminist attitudes that oppress LGBTQ people are interrelated. Soul Force envisions a world in which social justice movements are inclusive and collaborative as we help make it possible for all people, regardless of chosen or inherent identities, to have access, opportunity, and security.
Open and Affirming Faith Communities:
“We seek to be a place that all people are welcomed, inclusive of their race, backgrounds, economics, sexual orientation, gender identities, or any other barrier that may inhibit someone from experiencing God’s grace.”
“We truly welcome those of every race, gender, orientation, and social status. In our church, you’ll meet people from every corner of the human experience.”
“We seek to witness to the unconditional love of God in Christ through worship, fellowship, spiritual growth and service. Our congregation has a significant membership from the GLBT community.”
“Congregation Micah welcomes all people regardless of age, gender, ritual observance or sexual orientation.”
“We stand against any discrimination or bullying arising from apathy, insensitivity, ignorance, fear, or hatred, particularly toward our LGBTQ family.”
“Imagine a new place where you can be “You”, who God created, with the freedom to Worship as your complete self. We want to reintroduce a power filled Pentecostal experience back into the greater LGBTSQ community.”
“We are an independent, Christian Church that seeks to have a positive welcoming environment for all people. We dream of the day when we will embody all the diversity that our community holds.”
“We believe that all people are one with God and with one another. We welcome and honor all, regardless of race, creed, faith, or sexual orientation.”
“Edgehill United Methodist Church is a reconciling congregation that welcomes into its membership and ministries men, women, and children of every age and stage of development, every race, class, ethnic heritage, and sexual orientation, every combination of abilities and limitations; for we are all one in Christ.”
“We welcome and affirm people regardless of race; sexual orientation; social, marital or financial status; gender identity; education; age, or ability. Our preaching and ethos Biblical and Christ-centered, with a focus on justice, liberation, and advocacy, especially on behalf of those who are poor, marginalized, oppressed and pushed aside. We believe that every person is a learner and a teacher, with gifts to share.”
“This congregation affirms and promotes the full participation of individuals in all our activities and endeavors (including membership, programming, hiring practices, and the calling of religious professionals) without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, affectional or sexual orientation, age, class, or national origin and without requiring adherence to any particular interpretation of religion or to any particular religious belief or creed.”
Disclaimer for list of open and affirming faith communities: “If you have a negative experience with any of these faith communities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org”