Resources for LGBTQ+ persons, friends, families, and allies.
There are a lot of ‘resources’ out there for LGBTQ+ issues. Some of them are helpful; others are not. Some are affirming; others condemn. I hope these resources are helpful to you and affirm you as a person that identifies as LGBTQ+ or as an ally.
Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign has been around for decades working not only on full LGBTQ+ inclusion in society and the world but also on behalf of immigrants. They are a wonderful organization that releases numerous studies and offers resources for coming out, defeating stereotypes about your identity, and providing opportunities for further reading. Go to their website to learn more, www.hrc.org
Reconciling Ministries Network
The RMN works within the United Methodist Church to push for full LGBTQ+ inclusion. It offers numerous resources for reconciling your faith and your identity. It helped me realize that I didn’t have to give up my faith in order to be myself. Go to their website to learn more and find ways you can get involved, www.rmnetwork.org
Blue Babies Pink
This podcast/blog series is about Brett Trapp’s story and dealing with his gayness and his Southern Baptist religious faith. It’s a difficult read but so worth it. I listened to the podcast in my cars for weeks, and he does a great job at keeping the listener engaged. I highly recommend this blog and podcast! This is a good thing to read/listen with friends or family and a conversation starter.
I recently found out about Kevin Garcia thanks to the hashtag #faithfullyLGBT. I’m so glad they popped up in my Instagram feed. They are also queer and spiritual. They’ve had a while to perfect the blogging thing, so check them out to expand your blog readings! Their website is www.thekevingarcia.com They offer coaching, and they just released their new book Bad Theology Kills.
Queer Christian Fellowship
They recognize that the church has not and does not always make it easy for those who identify as lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, same-gender loving, queer, pansexual intersex, asexual, genderfluid, or questioning to reconcile these aspects of themselves with their Christian identity. They are witnesses to both the harm that faith communities can inflict, and the hope and healing that is possible through Christ. Check out their website at www.qchristian.org