LGBT-affirming religious groups
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) affirming religious groups (also called gay-affirming) are religious groups that welcome LGBT members and do not consider homosexuality to be a sin. They include entire religious denominations, as well as individual churches and synagogues. Some are composed mainly of non-LGBT members and also have specific programs to welcome LGBT people, while others are composed mainly of LGBT members.
The Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, have traditionally forbidden sodomy, believing and teaching that such behaviour is sinful. Today some denominations within these religions are accepting of homosexuality and inclusive of homosexual people, such as Reform Judaism, the United Church of Christ and the Metropolitan Community Church.
Many clerical ministries seek to create officially-sanctioned "Safe-spaces" in a similar vein as gay-straight alliances in various schools. LGBT ministries differ from lay-lead movements for inclusion of LGBT parishioners in that most lay movements do not receive open and official support from clergy. They also differ from LGBT-oriented congregations (such as those of the Metropolitan Community Church) formed explicitly for LGBT parishioners in that the clergy of such congregations are not historically motivated toward opposition to LGBT dignity and equality upon establishment of the denomination.
In episcopal polities, both lay-lead and clergy-led LGBT-inclusion programs are likely to take place at either the diocesan level or, when most denominationally-inclusive, at all levels.
 Progressive Islamic groups
The Qu'ran has no term that describes homosexuality, only terms that describe certain sexual acts; there are few references to lesbian sex, and none to transgender or transsexualism. Muslim countries tend to prohibit homosexual acts and relationships; many Muslim countries allow reassignment surgery for intersex people, and since 2004 Iran has allowed reassignment surgery for transsexual people.
- Al-Fatiha Foundation
- Imaan - UK support group for LGBT Muslims, Muslims questioning their sexuality or gender identity, and their friends and allies.
 Unitarian Universalism
The Raelian Movement looks positively on sexuality including homosexuality. Rael recognized gay marriage, and a Raelian press release said that sexual orientation is genetic and likened discrimination against gays to racism.
 See also
- List of LGBT-related organizations, including religious organizations
- Bishop Soto tells NACDLGM: 'Homosexuality is Sinful' catholic.org, accessed 29 September 2008
- Help topics Assemblies of God (USA), accessed 6 July 2009
- Imaan FAQ
- Wicca for Beginners: Fundamentals of Philosophy & Practice, Thea Sabin - 2006
- Women's spirituality, women's lives — Page 127, Judith Ochshorn, Ellen Cole - 1995
- A modern nation is a nation where gays and lesbians are free retrieved 5 January 2013
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