Axios (organization)

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Axios is an association for Eastern Orthodox, Byzantine Rite, and Eastern Catholic Christians who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender which was founded in Los Angeles in 1980.[1][2] The organization has chapters in Washington DC,[3] Atlanta,[4] New York City, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Chicago, Boston, Florida,[5] San Francisco, Detroit, Las Vegas, and outside the U.S., in Canada and Australia.[6]


Attitudes towards gay and lesbian believers in mainstream congregations varies; some seek to be welcoming. The Eastern Orthodox teaching is that same-sex activity is sinful in the same way as all heterosexual activity outside of marriage in the church. In contrast, Axios believes that members' "sexuality and love are God given and healthy."[1]

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Additional reading[edit]

  • Sexual orientation and gender expression in social work practice: working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people by Deana F. Morrow and Lori Messinger ISBN 0-231-12728-6[7]
  • Christian Science: Its Encounter with Lesbian/Gay America by Bruce Stores ISBN 0-595-77425-3[8]
  • Coming out in Christianity by Melissa M. Wilcox ISBN 0-253-21619-2[9]


  • Homosexuality in the Orthodox Church, by Justin R. Cannon[10]
  • God forbid: religion and sex in American public life by Kathleen M. Sands ISBN 0-19-512162-7[11]


  1. ^ a b Siker, Jeffrey S. (2007). Homosexuality and religion. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 106. ISBN 978-0-313-33088-9. 
  2. ^ Kittredge Cherry; Zalmon O. Sherwood (1995). "Appendix: National Lesbian/Gay Christian Organizations". Equal Rites: Lesbian and Gay Worship, Ceremonies, and Celebrations. Westminster John Knox Press. p. 165. ISBN 978-0-664-25535-0. 
  3. ^ "Axios DC". Metro Weekly. Archived from the original on 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  4. ^ "RELIGION/SPIRITUALITY". Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Archived from the original on 2007-12-10. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  5. ^ "LGBT National Spiritual Resources" (PDF). University of South Florida. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-06-16. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  6. ^ "AXIOS - Eastern and Orthodox Gay and Lesbian Christians". Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  7. ^ Deana F. Morrow; Lori Messinger (2006). Sexual orientation and gender expression in social work practice (illustrated ed.). Columbia University Press. p. 513. ISBN 978-0-231-12728-8. 
  8. ^ Stores, Bruce (2002). Christian Science: Its Encounter with Lesbian/Gay America. iUniverse. ISBN 978-0-595-77425-8. 
  9. ^ Wilcox, Melissa M. (2003). Coming out in Christianity (illustrated ed.). Indiana University Press. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-253-21619-9. 
  10. ^ Cannon, Justin R. "Homosexuality in the Orthodox Church". Archived from the original on 2010-01-26. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  11. ^ Sands, Kathleen M. (2000). God forbid: religion and sex in American public life. Oxford University Press US. p. 85. ISBN 978-0-19-512162-9. 

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