"That you are gay does not matter.
God made you like that and
loves you like this and
I don’t care.
The Pope loves you like this.
YOU HAVE TO BE HAPPY WITH WHO YOU ARE."”
Below are some of the suggested organizations, groups, initiatives and resources for Gay / LGBTQ Catholic and Christian Families, but as many new ones are just now surfacing, please let us know of others we should be including here by emailing us their information to CatholicLGBTQ@gmail.com
Movement Advancement Project (MAP) Maps - Equality Maps are shared at the end of this section. Equality Maps provide quick and easy summaries of laws that affect LGBT Americans on a state-by-state and issue-by-issue basis.
Resources for LGBTQ Families:
The Community of LGBT CENTERS – USA and Worldwide LGBT Centers Online Search Resource
CenterLink was founded in 1994 as a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. The organization plays an important role in supporting the growth of LGBT centers and addressing the challenges they face, by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources. CenterLink LGBT Community Center Member Directory. CenterLink Member LGBT Community Centers Around The World. Welcome to the CenterLink Directory of LGBT Community Centers. This database contains information about member LGBT Community Centers and member Affliates in the United States and around the world.
The CENTER - NY
New York City’s Center for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community. The LGBT community is a family unlike any other. Through successes and celebrations, trials and tribulations, we have formed unique bonds that go beyond the traditional definition of “family.” As the needs of our community evolve, The Center’s programming and services evolve as well to help you navigate relationships and parenthood. We’ve supported thousands of LGBT families over the years and we’re here to provide services and support for you, too.
http://www.colage.org/ - COLAGE unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities
https://www.dignityusa.org/couples - Catholic Couples’ Ministry Resource Guide
Evangelicals for Marriage Equality
https://www.evangelicals4equality.com/ - THE STATEMENT: “As Evangelicals for Marriage Equality, we believe you can be a devout, Bible-believing evangelical and support the right of same-sex couples to be recognized by the government as married. Our commitment to following Christ leads us to speak out for equal treatment under the law for others—whether or not they share our religious convictions.
Evangelicals in America face a generational divide on same-sex marriage. While older generations remain more opposed, Millennials are increasingly supportive of marriage between same-sex couples.
As scripture and tradition have shown, for Christians, few bonds are more sacred than the one created at the marriage altar. As Evangelicals for Marriage Equality, we affirm the importance of this marriage bond and recognize our nation’s longstanding commitment to religious freedom. We also believe that in a religiously diverse society, no one religious perspective should determine who can and cannot be married.
Many evangelicals—including some of our close friends and family—see things differently. It is not our intention to shame them through name-calling or hostile debate. Where disagreements exist, we believe that progress can be made when compassionate, respectful dialogue is encouraged. In particular, evangelicals who don’t support marriage equality need to be allowed the space to express their objections without the assumption that their opposition comes from a place of bigotry. Similarly, those who do support marriage equality should be able to express their beliefs in Christian community without the assumption that they have abandoned their core theological commitments.
Unfortunately, evangelical opposition to same-sex relationships has not always been voiced with respect. It’s incumbent upon all Christians—both supporters and opponents of marriage equality—to show Christ’s love to all gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, and to those whose opinions differ on marriage equality.
Given the diversity of thought among evangelicals, disagreements on the finer points of this issue are inevitable. What we should be able to agree on is this: You can be a faithful evangelical Christian and at the same time support civil marriage equality for same-sex couples.”
Faith in America
Faith in America’s mission is to educate the public about the harm caused when misguided religious teaching is used to place a religious and moral stamp of disapproval and inequality on the lives of Gay and Lesbian Americans with emphasis on its horrific impact on youth and families.
http://www.familyacceptance.com/about_us/about_us.html - This website is written by parents for parents. We are not ministers or therapists with professional credentials to give you advice. We are small-town American neighbors. We do not have a political or cultural agenda. We are sharing our story in the hopes of providing for you what we could not get for ourselves: Support, comfort and understanding on a difficult issue. When we finally came to terms with our son's sexuality, we vowed that one day we would be strong enough to help others through these dark days and they would not have to feel as alone and scared as we did.
http://www.familyequality.org/ - Family Equality Council is changing attitudes and policies to ensure all families are respected, loved, and celebrated - especially families with parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
Gay Christian’s Best Friend
http://www.gaychristiansbestfriend.com/ - "Anyone who comes to me, I will not reject for any reason whatsoever." – Jesus (Gospel of John, chapter 6 verse 37). Online resources includes section on Gay Marriage Myths http://www.gaychristiansbestfriend.com/marriagemyths.php
The Next Family is a diverse community where modern families meet. It is the start of an on-going, open-minded and sincere dialog between urbanite families, adoptive families, in vitro parents, interracial families, same sex parents, single parents and so on. It is a way to remind people that the Next Generation of families already exists in larger numbers than the old model of a “family unit”. The Next Family is the modern family.
PFLAG - Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBTQ people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy. PFLAG has over 350 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states.
Prayer of LGBT Family
Rainbow WEDDING Network
RainbowWeddingNetwork is the proud producer of dozens of Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expos throughout the nation! Join us in a city near you, to find the unique & trendy resources you need to plan your own timeless ceremony.
Welcoming Resources Institute – Towards a more Welcoming & Inclusive Church
http://www.welcomingresources.org/families.xml - LGBTQ Families' and Children's Resources
http://www.welcomingresources.org/marriage.xml - Marriage Equality Resources