Resources for Pastors
Founded in 2001, the Gay Christian Network (GCN) is a nonprofit Christian ministry dedicated to building bridges and offering support for those caught in the crossfire of one of today’s most divisive culture wars. The ministry lists a multitude of resources for pastors and churches looking to reach out to LGBT members of their congregation and the community at large.
Rev. Dr. Brian Baker, of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Sacramento, gives Scriptural interpretation to passages in the Bible from which most conservative Christians base their beliefs about homosexuality. Dr. Baker offers a breakdown from a cultural perspective of these most troubling verses for Christian conservatives.
Matthew Vines, author ofGod and the Gay Christian, founded The Reformation Project which, “exists to train Christians to support and affirm lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Through building a deep grassroots movement, we strive to create an environment in which Christian leaders will have the freedom to take the next steps toward affirming and including LGBT people in all aspects of church life.”
Kathy Baldock, an evangelical Christian since 1984, developed a heart for the LGBT community after befriending a lesbian woman over a two year period. She soon realized that what she had been taught about the LGBT community in church and what she was experiencing through her friendship didn’t add up. Kathy, an engineer major in college, began researching how and why the church came to believe what it does about LGBT people and soon found herself confronting the misconceptions and misinformation in the faith she loves. She is the author of “Walking the Bridgeless Canyon,” which documents the historical, cultural, psychological and scriptural underpinnings of attitudes toward homosexuality in the church.
Resources for LGBT
LGBT Counselors, Therapists, Centers, and Resources
For those who have experienced life-long shame, depression, and anxiety, either through conversion or reparative therapy, or because of social and religious influence, there are experienced people who can help you walk through the healing process.
Gay Christian Ministries
Grace Rivers is a ministry to the LGBT community who have been hurt or suffered in the mainstream church. John Smid, former executive director of ex-gay ministry Love in Action, founded and directs Grace Rivers to tackle the religious issues that have affected the gay community. John shares his story in his book, “Ex’d Out: How I Fired the Shame Committee.”
Brandon Wallace, a former Southern Baptist Youth Minister, is the author of Straight-Face: A Memoir of Pain, Doubt, Freedom…and Love, and shares his experiences as a gay Christian through his blog.
Looking for a church? GayChurch.org keeps track of churches around the U.S. that are affirming and loving toward the LGBT community.
For LGBT students on Christian campuses, OneSafetyNet offers resources so you are not alone! For campuses that have onsite representations and how to get in touch with them, see the growing list of affiliated groups.
Resources for Parents
Rob and Linda Robertson share their heart-wrenching story of learning what love really means when you have a gay child. If you see nothing else,you’ll want to watch and listen to their story.
Mom, Susan Cottrell, talks about loving your LGBT children without giving up your faith. She is the author of several books, including “Mom, I’m Gay,” and True Colors – Celebrating the Truth and Beauty of the Real You. She writes a regular blog for Patheos, and is a popular speaker at churches, schools and other organizations.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians And Gays offers support for everyone, regardless of beliefs. There are hundreds of chapters around the country. Click on the link above to find one near you.
Resources for Spouses
When a spouse learns that his or her spouse is gay or lesbian, it’s first important to find someone in whom you can confide. If you have a family pastor, close friend, or therapist, contact them first.