When I was first grappling with the idea that I might be gay, I worried so much. Would my friends still love me?Would my family accept me? What in the world would I tell my son? The one thing I never questioned was my faith.
I am a beloved child of God. I am exactly as God created me. He loves me and wants for me to be happy.My God is a compassionate, loving, and grace-granting God. Gay, straight, queer, black, white, brown, short, tall, fat, thin. All are good and beautiful in God's eyes. Our names are written on his heart. He knew my soul before I was in my mother's womb. He loves me, scars and all.
Regardless of anything else.Exactly who you are is exactly how God loves you. And YOU are a beloved child of God.
Resources on Queerness and Christianity:
Websites:The Gay Christian Network
Crumbs from the Communion Table
Gay Christian 101
Gay Christian? Yes.
Institute for Welcoming Resources
Friends and Family Plan (Great resource in planning conversations about sexuality and Christianity)
What The Bible Really Says About Homosexuality by Daniel A. Helminiak
Love is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community by Andrew Marin and Brian McLaren
Gay Christian 101: Spiritual Self-Defense for Gay Christians by Rick Brentlinger
Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality by Wesley Hill and Kathryn Greene-McCreight
Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians by Candace Chellew-Hodge
Denomination Specific Organizations:Evangelicals Concerned
Affirmation Gay & Lesbian Mormons
Affirmation United Methodist LGBTQ People & Our Allies
Dignity USA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Catholics
Integrity USA (Episcopalian)
Reconciling Works, Lutherans for Full Participation
Metropolitan Community Churches
More Light Presbyterians
Quaker For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns
United Church of Christ LGBT and Same Gender Loving Ministries
Unitarian Universalist Association
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