Soulforce is a national non-profit that works nonviolently to end the religious and political oppression of LGBTQ people. While we are not ourselves a faith-based organization, we lead from the understanding that oppressive religious beliefs, civil rights abuses and anti-feminist attitudes that oppress LGBTQ people are interrelated. We envision a world in which social justice movements are inclusive and collaborative as we help make it possible for all people, regardless of chosen or inherent identities, to have access, opportunity and security.
The Radical Faeries (also Faeries and Fae) are a loosely-affiliated, worldwide network and counter-cultural movement seeking to reject hetero-imitation and redefine queer identity through spirituality. The Radical Faerie movement started in the United States among gay men during the 1970s sexual and counterculture revolution. The movement has expanded in tandem with the larger gay rights movement, challenging commercialization and patriarchal aspects of modern LGBT life while celebrating pagan constructs and rituals.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence®
“The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence® is a leading-edge Order of queer nuns. Since our first appearance in San Francisco on Easter Sunday, 1979, the Sisters have devoted ourselves to community service, ministry and outreach to those on the edges, and to promoting human rights, respect for diversity and spiritual enlightenment. We believe all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty and we use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that chain the human spirit.”
Holly Bullies and Headless Monsters
“Analyzing and refuting the inaccuracies lodged against the lgbt community by religious conservative organizations. Lies in the name of God are still lies.”
What if you belonged to a community where you could be yourself, be loved and grow in your faith? What if you belonged to a community where you knew you’d always be welcomed and not judged for who you love or how you believe? What if you belonged to a community that included not just other lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people of faith, but straight allies, who are working toward the same goal of full inclusion as you are?
If this is the kind of community you’re looking for, then you belong in the Whosoever Community. Since 1996, Whosoever has been the premiere online magazine for LGBT Christians and has provided years of deep and inspiring spiritual writing for our community. We have helped many LGBT people reconcile their faith and their spirituality, and our new Whosoever Community will focus on helping LGBT Christians go further in their faith. This new Whosoever Community is a safe and sacred place where LGBT Christians — and their straight allies — can come together to talk, pray, laugh, learn and support one another. In this community, you are invited to be yourself, be loved and grow in faith.
Institute for Welcoming Resources
Resources page for the Institute for Welcoming Resources
Includes Transgender specific information
“Denominational representatives of the Welcoming Church Movement created IWR in November 2002. The purpose of this ecumenical group is to provide the resources to facilitate a paradigm shift in multiple denominations whereby churches become welcoming and affirming of all congregants regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.”
“TransAction: A Transgender Curriculum for Churches and Religious Institutions”
“Too often transgender people looking for a place to worship can’t find one to call their spiritual home because most congregations and religious institutions are not ready to welcome them as their companions in faith,” says the Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, Institute for Welcoming Resources and faith work director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Yet, many transgender people of faith are searching for the same things that other believers want: a loving community where worship and working for equality and justice are the focus of their faith experience. transACTION is designed to help churches and institutions address this issue of understanding and welcome by providing step-by-step training about the needs, apprehensions and fears of transgender people as well as the wealth of gifts and graces they bring – while responding to the concerns of the church or religious institution.”
“Gender Identity and Our Faith Communities: A Congregational Guide for Transgender Advocacy”
“Gender Identity and Our Faith Communities is based on the contributions of transgender people, their families and clergy. Drawing on a wide array of personal experiences, religious and cultural analysis, and diverse faith journeys, it will empower people of faith with the knowledge and skills necessary to transform their communities and congregations into welcoming environments. Even more than this, though, our hope is that this curriculum will turn participants into advocates for transgender rights. The transgender community is one of the most discriminated against and least understood segments of our population. They are disproportionately targeted for violent hate crimes; they suffer regularly from the most severe forms of job discrimination and are far too often shunned by their families and faith communities.” Both the report and audio files pertaining to it can be downloaded from this link.
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Rolla provides the information on our website for informational purposes only. Information included on our website is not an endorsement.