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PFLAG Publication – Be Not Afraid: Help is on the Way! Straight for Equality in Faith Communities
This publication aims to move the way we understand our religious beliefs and our relationships with LGBTQ people – and support for equality – away from the either/or, “love the sinner, hate the sin” framework and to a place where people can try to understand that you can be a person of faith, loyal to your religion’s teachings, and someone who supports their LGBTQ friends and family.

PFLAG Publication – Faith in Our Families: Parents, Families, and Friends Talk about Faith, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity
Discovering that a loved one is LGBTQ+ can pose new questions about your faith and may prompt you to re-evaluate beliefs that you previously took for granted. By using personal experiences, this publication provides examples for reconciling your faith with the knowledge that a loved one is LGBTQ+.


Local Affirming Places of Worship

First Presbyterian Church (Morgantown, WV)
As a community of Christ, we seek to practice the hospitality of Jesus by welcoming and embracing all persons, celebrating God’s creative diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, age, economic status and life situations.

Morgantown Church of the Brethren (& Sistren) (Morgantown, WV)
Morgantown Church of the Brethren (& Sistren), joyfully united with Mennonite Church USA, welcomes all of God’s people. You are welcome to full participation in the life of our church regardless of your age, background, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or life situation.

Tree of Life Congregation (Morgantown, WV)
Tree of Life Congregation (Reform) serves the Jewish community in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship (Morgantown, WV)
The home for liberal religion in northern West Virginia.


Christianity – Catholic

Call to Action
Educates, inspires and activates Catholics to act for justice and build inclusive communities through a lens of anti-racism and anti-oppression principles.

Catholics for Equality
Catholics for Equality was founded in 2010 to support, educate, and mobilize Catholics in the advancement of freedom and equality at the federal, state, and local levels for LGBT family, parish and community members.

DignityUSA
DignityUSA works for respect and justice for people of all sexual orientations, genders, and gender identities—especially gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons—in the Catholic Church and the world through education, advocacy, and support.

Fortunate Families
A resource and networking ministry with Catholic parents of LGBTQ children.

New Ways Ministry
A ministry of advocacy and justice for LGBTQ Catholics, and reconciliation within the larger Christian and civil communities.


Christianity – Protestant

Believe Out Loud Video: How to Be Welcoming
This four-minute video from Believe Out Loud shows some of the basic steps that Christian faith leaders can take to become a welcome and affirming congregation. It includes information and best practices for anyone interested in learning more about ways to make their church more inclusive.

Brave Commons
Brave Commons seeks to elevate the voices of LGBTQ+ students working within and beyond Christian universities in the United States.

FreedHearts
Working with Christian parents of LGBTQ kids to help them learn to unconditionally love, accept, and affirm their gay child without sacrificing their faith.

Not All Like That
The purpose of The NALT Christians Project is to give any and all LGBT-affirming Christians a means of sharing their belief that there is nothing anti-biblical or sinful about being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Q Christian Fellowship
A diverse community with varied backgrounds, cultures, theologies and denominations, drawn together through our love of Christ and our belief that every person is a beloved child of God.

Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance
Members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), called to join in God’s work of transforming the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) into a just and inclusive church that welcomes persons of all gender expressions and sexual identities into the full life and leadership of the church

Affirmation (United Methodist)
An organization that challenges The United Methodist Church to be inclusive, and radically speaks out against injustice for LGBTQ people around the world.

Reconciling Ministries (United Methodist)
A national grassroots organization that exists to enable full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the life of the United Methodist Church, both in policy and practice.

Integrity USA (Episcopalian)
An organization working for LGBTQ Episcopalians and their allies, families, and friends.

Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBTQ Interests (Mennonite and Brethren)
Cultivating an inclusive church and caring for the Mennonite and Brethren LGBTQ/allied community.

Pink Menno Campaign (Mennonite)
An organization working towards the inclusion and welcome of LGBTQ individuals and their supporters in the Mennonite Church.

Affirmation LGBTQ Mormons, Families & Friends (Mormon)
Supports LGBTQ and same-sex attracted Mormons and their families, friends and church leaders.

LDS Family Fellowship (LDS)
An online support group dedicated to creating community and acceptance for LDS LGBTQ people and their families.

Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (Baptist)
An organization building the Welcoming and Affirming movement within the Baptist traditions.

Seventh-Day Adventist Kinship International (Seventh-Day Adventist)
An organization providing a safe spiritual and social community for LGBTI current and former Seventh-day Adventists around the world.

Fellowship of Reconciling Pentecostals International (Pentecostal)
A network of Pentecostal ministers, churches, and ministries which seeks to reconcile all repentant people to God through the full gospel of Jesus Christ, without regard to race, gender, political persuasion, economic or educational status, sexual orientation, nationality, religious affiliation, or any other thing that divides.

Room For All (Reformed)
A community of Christ followers in the Reformed Church in America, committed to welcome and affirm LGBTQ people and their allies.

More Light Presbyterians (Presbyterian)
An organization working for LGBTQ Presbyterians and their allies, families, and friends.

Covenant Network of Presbyterians (Presbyterian)
A national group of Presbyterian clergy and lay leaders working towards a fully inclusive church.

ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation (Lutheran)
An organization advocating for the full inclusion of LGBTQ Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their church and congregations.

The Evangelical Network (Evangelical)
An association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Straight affirming Evangelical ministries and individuals.

Emergence International (Christian Scientist)
A community of Christian Scientists, their families and friends providing spiritual and educational support for LGBTQ people.


Judaism

Eshel
An organization working towards creating a community and acceptance for LGBTQ Jews and their families in Orthodox communities.

Gay and Lesbian Orthodox Jews
This site is designed for LGBT people that are also members of the Orthodox Jewish Community. There is an in-depth conversation about religious texts available in the FAQ section as well as statements from Orthodox Rabbis regarding the intersection of Judaism and sexuality.

Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation
The Institute for Judaism, Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) is the first and only institute of its kind in the Jewish world. The Institute was founded in 2000 to educate HUC-JIR students on LGBT issues to help them challenge and eliminate homophobia and heterosexism; and to learn tools to be able to transform the communities they encounter into ones that are inclusive and welcoming of LGBT Jews.

Jewish Queer Youth
A nonprofit organization supporting and empowering LGBTQ youth in the Jewish community. JQY fights to ensure the emotional and physical health and safety of these individuals, with a special focus on teens and young adults from Orthodox, Chasidic, and Sephardic communities.

JQ Youth
A nonprofit organization supporting and empowering LGBTQ youth in the Jewish community. JQY fights to ensure the emotional and physical health and safety of these individuals, with a special focus on teens and young adults from Orthodox, Chasidic, and Sephardic communities. Our goal is for all these individuals to know: You are a valued member of the Jewish community and you are not alone.

Keshet
Keshet is a national organization that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life.

SOJOURN
The American South’s resource for Jewish & LGBTQ+ programming, education, support, and advocacy. Their mission is to advance LGBTQ+ affirmation and empowerment across the South.

SVARA
An academy of Jewish text study dedicated to the study of the Talmud. It is open to all those who wish to participate including individuals from other religious backgrounds. It explicitly recognizes the insight and contribution that LGBT Jews and their allies can offer to the evolving Jewish tradition.

World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews: Keshet Ga’avah
More than 25 member organizations worldwide that work to ensure that LGBT Jews can live free and fulfilling lives. Formed in 1975, Keshet Ga’avah has held conferences all over the world to meet the needs of their members locally, nationally, and internationally.


Islam

Imaan
Based in the UK, Imaan strives to provide support for LGBT Muslims, their families, and their allies. Imaan promotes the Islamic values of peace, social justice, and tolerance by providing a safe space and support network meant to address issues of sexual orientation and gender identity within Islam.

Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity
The Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD) works to support, empower and connect LGBTQ Muslims. We seek to challenge root causes of oppression, including misogyny and xenophobia. We aim to increase the acceptance of gender and sexual diversity within Muslim communities, and to promote a progressive understanding of Islam that is centered on inclusion, justice, and equality. MASGD hosts a retreat for LGBTQ Muslims and their partners each year.

Muslims for Progressive Values
As Muslims for Progressive Values, we advocate for human rights, social justice and inclusion in the United States and around the world.

Queer Muslim Revolution
Founded in 2007, this blog that collects progressive news, information, and resources for LGBT Muslims as well as their families and friends. They also have great information about books, movies, and documentaries that deal with the topic of sexual orientation and gender identity within Islam.

Queer Muslims
Queer Muslims is a blog meant to provide space for LGBT Muslims to express themselves, share information and resources, and connect with one another. They explicitly ban name calling, debate about Islamic texts, or negative comments.


Unitarian Universalist

Interweave
An organization working for LGBTQ Unitarian Universalists and their allies, families and friends.

Unitarian Universalist Welcoming Congregations
While all UU churches are open and affirming of the LGBTQ community, many churches go the extra step of becoming officially designated as Welcoming Congregations. In this process, the members vote to do the work necessary to attain the designation, and then undertake a rigorous process of education and self-evaluation, ensuring things like church documents and facilities use appropriate language and signage, and more.


All Faiths

Gender Spectrum – Faith Resources
Faith and spiritual leaders can do more to provide spiritual counsel to Gender-expansive young people in the context of one’s own religion.
Topic Page: Faith
Resources Page: Faith

Institute for Welcoming Resources
Includes both a search engine for LGBTQ-friendly places of worship and online resources for issues about faith and LGBTQ issues.
Organization homepage
Search for an LGBTQ-friendly place of worship

Religious Institute
Worship, educational, and advocacy resources from this multifaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual, gender, and reproductive health, education, and justice in faith communities and society..

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry
The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) provides programming and research support to serve faith communities, the LGBTQ community and their allies, and religious scholars alike. Their recently developed the Racial/Ethnic Roundtable Project is dedicated to working within African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, and Latino communities.

The Interfaith Alliance
The only national interfaith organization dedicated to protecting the integrity of both religion and democracy in America. Their membership is made up of individuals rather than institutions, in all 50 states and serving overseas in the U.S. military, and adhering to more than 75 faith traditions and belief systems.

Transfaith
A national nonprofit that is led by transgender people and focused on issues of faith and spirituality.