For Those Questioning Faith
The Rethinking Everything Facebook Group is a non-judgmental, safe space and closed group for anyone questioning and rethinking their faith. While the group does not specifically deal with LGBT-specific issues, it is a place for anyone working through faith-based questions to find support.
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 of God 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.
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.
For LGBT People
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.”
A new non-profit organization, Thrive LGBT+ works with members of the LGBT+ community who have been negatively impacted by destructive beliefs from the faith community. The offer peer-based support, and other resources.
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.
For Straight 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.
Find someone to talk to:
Virtual Support Groups and Resources
Books and Resources