Category Archives: The Church

Two people hugging

Why Affirming Is the Only Way Forward For the Modern Church

LGBTQ welcoming, accepting, affirming. What’s the difference? People often ask me what the difference is between welcoming, accepting and affirming churches. This little infograph will give you some idea. Some churches refuse to go on the journey. Some began the journey, then got stuck, afraid

Man in church pew. By Karl Fredrickson on Unsplash

Affirming Churches? 5 Signs of True LGBTQ+ Welcome

Spoiler: Your average affirming church might be resting on its laurels With every passing moment, it becomes increasingly less revolutionary for a progressive Christian congregation to label itself as some combination of open, affirming or welcoming. Denominational schisms notwithstanding, more and more Christians are saying

Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

Laying to Rest an Era of Vatican LGBTQ+ Bashing

[The passing of former Pope Benedict XVI] marks what is, I hope, the end of a long, painful era for LGBTQIA+ Catholics, our families, and the entire church. (DignityUSA Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke) Pope Benedict XVI, who served as pope from 2005 until his historic

St. Peter’s Square, Vatican, Rome

LGBTQ+ Catholics Run Point in Truth-Telling About Pope Benedict

Please don’t rehab ‘God’s Rottweiler,’ who pushed cruelty Pro tip: If you subscribe to a faith system that isn’t centered around loving and caring for other human beings, then you’re not really religious, you’re just in a hate group. (Text of a popular Internet meme)

Methodist church

N.C. United Methodists Leave Church in Huge Win for LGBTQ+ People

Let’s talk about what Progressive Christianity is and how it’s reshaping U.S. churches A bunch of North Carolina congregations just left (disaffiliated from) the United Methodist Church, the second-largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. As a child sitting through fierce anti-gay sermons in the American

Man in church pew. By Karl Fredrickson on Unsplash

How Churches Can Support Transgender Survivors of Abuse

The 2022 Violence Against Women Act, which Congress re-authorized in March, includes the first federal grant program specifically designed to serve LGBTQ survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence. The new funding could lead to expanded trans-friendly services to which pastors and laypeople can refer