We know that 8 out of 10 people personally know someone who is gay and many of those people struggle with how to reconcile their faith with the love and respect they have for their LGBTQ+ friends, family members, coworkers, and fellow congregants. We also know that even some of the most conservative faith communities are starting to have this conversation. So even for people who initially think that being an ally will not be compatible with their beliefs, there are ways for you to start the journey to being an ally and to find ways to demonstrate support that align with your spiritual life. We want to be there to help and we hope you do too.
It would be disingenuous to suggest that PFLAG, Straight for Equality, and these resources have the ability to resonate with all people of faith. (Members of the Westboro Baptist Church are unlikely to pick up a copy of be not afraid – help is on the way! straight for equality in faith communities any time soon.) But as we see allies develop in unexpected places, it gives us hope that change is happening. We’re inviting you to be part of it.