"I have gay friends who I love. I also consider myself a religious person. Unfortunately, those two parts of my life don't match up so well. I feel like I'm always stuck in a debate about how I can make those two statements, and often, it just seems so hopeless that I don't even talk about it anymore."
Welcome to Straight for Equality in Faith Communities.
In a world where people look for definitive answers, finding resolution between what our religion teaches us and our support (and even love) for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) often leaves people frustrated, hurt, and unwilling to even talk about the topic. The intersection of religion and LGBTQ+ issues is once again making headlines. Many are left wondering if they have to choose between being a person of faith or an ally to people who are LGBTQ+.
Straight for Equality in Faith Communities was designed for this very challenge.
be not afraid - help is on the way! straight for equality in faith communities aims to shift the way we understand the intersection of religion and LGBTQ+ issues. This ally focused resource encourages readers to move away from the either/or, "love the sinner, hate the sin" framework and to a place where people can understand that you can be a person of faith, loyal to your religion's teachings, and someone who supports their LGBTQ+ friends and family.
There's no one way to get to that point. The journey to resolution looks a little different for each person. We hope to get you on that journey, help you know that you're not alone in asking these questions, offer ways to think about the issue, and even find some support for while you're on the road.
If you know which program you are interested in, or need more information about what would work best for your community we’re here to help.