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Links & Organizations

Below you will find links to a variety of other organizations and web sites that are working for full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the Church and the world. Note: clicking on a resource will take you away from the LC/NA web site. LC/NA is not responsible for content in the following organizations.

Non-denomonational Resources

Family Equality Council Wiki
An online database maintained collaboratively by people around the country, containing info about LGBTQ-family-friendly places of worship, schools, adoption agencies, towns / vacation spots, family laws by state, and doctors, therapists, etc.

For the Bible Tells Me So: A Study Guide and Advocacy Training Curriculum
Created to accompany the film For the Bible Tells Me So, this user-friendly guide will enable anyone to facilitate a moving conversation about the Bible, the church and LGBT people. It will empower you and participants to take these conversations to the next level and help create communities that move beyond acceptance to advocacy.

How to Respect a Transgender Person
If you have recently learned of a transgender person in your life, you might not understand their identity and you may be unsure of how to act around them without offending or hurting their feelings. Here's how to understand and respect someone who challenges your ideas about gender, and who does not easily fall within the category of "male" or "female".

Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.

Out in Scripture
This Human Rights Campaign resource places comments about the Bible alongside the real life experiences and concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of faith and our allies.

PFlag
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

Southern Comfort
The Southern Comfort Conference, held annually in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the major transgender gatherings of North America. This 4½ day conference is innovative in its "big brother / big sister" program which pairs up attendees who are just coming out with more experienced participants. The highlights include vendor tables, seminars and workshops along with many recreational opportunities.      

Other denominational and ecumenical resources

Affirm United
Affirm United/S'Affirmer Ensemble (AU/AE) is an organization of persons working through education and social integration for the welcoming of diverse peoples, especially the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons in the life and work of the United Church. AU/AE is composed of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and so it is open to all people within the United Church of Canada who support these goals.

Affirmation
United Methodists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender concerns.

Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests
BMC seeks to provide programming, support and advocacy for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals and their families and friends in the Mennonite Church USA and Canada and Church of the Brethren.

Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California
To advance the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and to transform faith communities and the wider society by taking a leading role in shaping a new public discourse on religion and sexuality through education, research, community building and advocacy.

Dignity/USA
The United States' largest and most progressive organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Catholics.

European Forum of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Christian Groups
Exists to work for equality for lesbian and gay people within and through the Christian churches of Europe . 

Gay and Lesbian Acceptance (GALA)
Gay and Lesbian Acceptance brings spiritual wholeness and seeks social justice for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender persons, their friends, families and allies who have a connection to the Community of Christ (formerly Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints).

Gay Christian Network (GCN)
The Gay Christian Network is a nonprofit ministry supporting Christians worldwide who happen to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). Its mission, "sharing Christ's light and love for all," is carried out in 5 primary directions, to impact individuals, families, communities, churches, and the world.

gaychurch.org
Gaychurch.org is a pro-gay Christian resource site that contains a 6,000+ world-wide church directory as well as numerous articles and in-depth studies of interest to the gay Christian community, in both English and Spanish. Other features include a large Christian art gallery from some very talented artists that frequent the board.

Gay, Lesbian and Affirming Disciples (GLAD) Alliance
The mission of GLAD Alliance is to be a safe and faithful place for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Affirming community. Relying on the Holy Spirit, we speak truth to power, advocating for inclusivity, diversity, and justice in all manifestations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

The Institute for Welcoming Resources
A program of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Resources that support the unconditional welcome of people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and their families in the church home of their choice.

Integrity
A nonprofit organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trangendered (GLBT) Episcopalians and their straight friends.

The Interfaith Alliance
The Interfaith Alliance promotes the positive, healing role of faith in civic life, and challenges intolerance and extremism. Rooted in faith traditions the world over, we offer Americans a mainstream, religiously-based agenda committed to individual dignity and the importance of community.

Metropolitan Community Churches
A worldwide fellowship of Christian churches with a special outreach to the world's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.

More Light Presbyterians
Following the risen Christ, and seeking to make the Church a true community of hospitality, the mission of More Light Presbyterians is to work for the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of faith in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Reconciling Ministries Network
The Reconciling Ministries Network is a growing movement of United Methodist individuals, congregations, campus ministries, and other groups working for the full participation of all people in the United Methodist Church.

Whosoever
Whosoever is a online magazine intended for the spiritual growth of anyone who believes that God made gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people just the way they are, and is not asking them to change to be a part of God's kingdom.

Lutheran Resources

Considering the Matter of Same-Sex Blessings
A project approved by National Church Council, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, wherein scholars from across the ELCIC were invited to write short essays on various aspects of the theological, ecclesiological, and pastoral implications of authorizing a parish-based local option to perform same-sex blessings. All the essays and the accompanying study guide are now completed, edited and formatted, and posted to the web.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)

Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries
Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries credentials and rosters qualified candidates of all sexual orientations and gender identities for ministry; supports these pastors by connecting them with congregations who are committed to the full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in Lutheran life and ministry; provides mission grants to support the ministry of its rostered members; and provides a network of support to congregations and pastors.

Lutherans Concerned in Canada
Lutherans Concerned in Canada is a Christian ministry affirming God's love for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Lutheran Human Relations Association
Since 1953, Lutheran Human Relations Association has been involved in the struggle to eradicate racism and other oppressions. LHRA confronts the hard issues of human justice through a variety of Biblically based programs.

The Naming Project
The Naming Project is a faith-based youth group serving youth of all sexual and gender identities. The primary focus is to provide a place for youth who are gay / lesbian / bisexual / transgender / queer / questioning to learn, grow, and share their experiences.

The Network for Inclusive Vision
The Network provides a public roster of church leaders committed to witness to the inclusive Gospel of Jesus Christ by fostering the full inclusion of persons who are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or transgender in the congregational life and ordained ministry of the ELCA.

Soulforce
A journey to end the suffering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.

Wingspan
Wingspan Ministry is a ministry of St Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church. Wingspan does not hold separate worship services, though it supports the monthly worship that is celebrated by Lutherans Concerned Twin Cities at St Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church. Wingspan is a ministry of pastoral care, education, advocacy and support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.