List of Christian denominations affirming LGBT

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In 2003, Gene Robinson was the first non-celibate openly gay person ordained as a bishop in documented Christian history.
The LGBT flag at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Houston indicates that the church welcomes LGBT-identifying persons

Some Christian denominations do not consider homosexuality or transgender identity to be sins. These include entire religious denominations, as well as individual churches and congregations. 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.

Additionally, some denominations which are not LGBT-affirming have member-organized groups which are not officially sanctioned by the denomination. There are also ecumenical or para-church programmes that are explicitly outreaches to LGBT people, but do not identify with any particular faith tradition or denomination.


Today some Christian denominations are accepting of homosexuality and transgender identity and inclusive of homosexual and transgender people, such as the United Church of Christ and the Metropolitan Community Church. Formed in 1991, The Evangelical Network is a network of evangelical churches, ministries and Christian Workers that are a part of the LGBT community. The Evangelical Network holds an annual conference and provides education, ministerial support, and networking capabilities.[citation needed]

In 1946, Archbishop George Hyde of the Eucharistic Catholic Communion (a small denomination not in union with the Roman Catholic Church) celebrated mass for gay men in Atlanta. In 1956, the Church of ONE Brotherhood was founded in Los Angeles by a gay-rights activist.[1] In 1962, a Congregationalist pastor began an overt pastoral ministry to gay people in New York City. The first gay and transgender-specific denomination, as opposed to individual congregations, was the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches in 1968.[1]

Some congregations are merely non-discriminatory and LGBT-affirming while others are specifically oriented toward gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons.[1] Some local congregations, especially those designated as "Welcoming churches" in the Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, Methodist, Episcopal, and Brethren/Mennonite denominations, may consist of a majority of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender members.[1]

While Unitarian Universalism is no longer explicitly a Christian religion, it does have Judeo-Christian roots. Both the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Canadian Unitarian Council have officially affirmed LGBT people and have openly advocated for gay rights.[citation needed]


Africa and Asia[edit]

North America[edit]


MCCNY, a church in New York City.
Grace Gospel Chapel, in Seattle.




  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: the ELCA's document A Social Statement on Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust [24] notes "While Lutherans hold various convictions regarding lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships, this church is united on many critical issues. It opposes all forms of verbal or physical harassment and assault based on sexual orientation. It supports legislation and policies to protect civil rights and to prohibit discrimination in housing, employment, and public services. It has called upon congregations and members to welcome, care for, and support same-gender couples and their families and to advocate for their legal protection."
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada[citation needed]


  • United Methodist Church's General Conference, voted forward a conservative "Traditional plan", defeating the more liberal "One Church plan." No discretion is allowed to ordain gay, lesbian, or bisexual clergy in same-gender relationships, or marry gay couples.[25] There is no prohibition on the ordination of transgender clergy and the Judicial Council ruled, in 2007, that transgender clergy can remain ordained.[26][27] The United Methodist News Service reiterated that there is no rule against transgender clergy.[28] The vote on the "Traditional Plan" was 53 percent in favor to 47 opposed.[29] The Judicial Council reviewed the plan and upheld 10 petitions while declaring 7 petitions, approximately 40 percent of the plan, unconstitutional.[30][31][32] UMC's Book of Discipline Article 4. [Inclusiveness of the Church] includes this statement: "All persons without regard to race, color, national origin, status, or economic condition, shall be eligible to attend its worship services... " and later, within part 304.4: "The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Therefore self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church."[33] Previously, Annual Conferences had affirmed LGBT clergy and relationships through resolutions.[34][35][36][37][38] The South Carolina Annual Conference had passed a resolution supporting transgender rights.[39][40] The Western Jurisdiction elected the denomination's first openly and partnered lesbian bishop in 2016.[41] The North Central Jurisdiction considered an openly gay nominee for bishop although not elected.[42] Additionally, the Northeastern Jurisdiction passed a resolution supporting the option of allowing same-sex marriages.[43] On May 7, 2018 the Council of Bishops in the United Methodist Church, had proposed allowing individual pastors and regional church bodies to decide whether to ordain LGBT clergy and perform same-sex weddings, which came to be known as the One Church plan. Their proposal was rejected by the February 26, 2019 General Conference vote.[44] The highest level of the United Methodist Church will now strengthen punishments for 1) pastors who are practicing homosexuals, or 2) pastors who perform same-sex weddings. Nevertheless, the Western Jurisdiction, the German Central Conference, and other annual conferences within other jurisdictions have announced that they will not enforce the Traditional Plan and some of these have continued to ordain LGBTQ clergy.[45][46][47][48][49][50]
  • United Church of Canada shares both the rich heritage of Methodist and Reform traditions. In 1925, Canadian Methodist Church, Canada, Congregationalists and Presbyterian Church in Canada united to form the United Church of Canada. Within the United Church of Canada, congregations decide if they are Affirming or if they perform same sex marriages. Over 150 United Church congregations are either Affirming or are in the process of becoming Affirming congregations.





Latin America[edit]


New Zealand[edit]

  • Anglican Church in New Zealand[130] NOTE: As of 2018, clergy may bless a same-sex union.[131] In 2014, the Anglican church voted to start a process toward allowing the blessing of same-sex relationships. The Dunedin Diocese already offers a "Liturgy for the Blessing of a Relationship" irrespective of gender.[132] The Anglican province has approved of allowing clergy "'to recognise in public worship' a same-gender civil union or state marriage of members of their faith community" with the bishop's permission.[133]
  • Metropolitan Community Church in New Zealand[134]
  • Presbyterian Church in Aotearoa New Zealand[135] NOTE: Individual congregations may be affirming, but the denomination is not affirming.
  • Religious Society of Friends(Quakers) in New Zealand[citation needed]
  • United Ecumenical Catholic Church in New Zealand[citation needed]
  • Uniting Congregations in New Zealand[citation needed]
  • Some Baptist Churches - Ponsonby Baptist, Cityside Baptist in Auckland[citation needed]
  • Auckland Rainbow Community Church[citation needed]

Individual churches and congregations[edit]

Denomination-sanctioned programmes[edit]

The following denominations have LGBT-welcoming or affirming programmes, though not all churches within the denomination are necessarily members of the LGBT programme.[citation needed]

Unofficial programmes[edit]

Programmes not affiliated with any particular denomination[edit]

  • Created Gay/Created Queer is a web ministry for LGBT+ Christians and their allies. Created Gay/Created Queer features LGBT+ focused sermons and devotionals, hundreds of resource links, book and movie reviews, and discussions of key Bible passages.
  • Ministering to LGBTQI Christians and friends of our community around the globe. We feature the largest welcoming and affirming Christian church directory in the world.[citation needed]
  • Q Christian Fellowship (QCF) is a "nonprofit ministry supporting Christians worldwide who happen to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT)". QCF is an ecumenical ministry, welcoming Christians from a wide variety of backgrounds. QCF was founded in 2001 as The Gay Christian Network (GCN).
  • The Anthem Network (AN) is a "Sacramental, Evangelical and Charismatic network of Churches, Church Plants, Affiliated Congregations and Clergy. It was founded in 2014 in Phoenix, AZ by the Rev. Drew Haywood, Rev. Kenny von Folmar and Rev. Tom Weller."[citation needed]
  • Freedom2b is an Australian-based organisation that assists LGBTI people from Christian backgrounds on their journey to reconciling their faith, sexuality and gender identity.[citation needed]
  • Institute for Welcoming Resources (a programme of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force)[citation needed]
  • Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (UK)[citation needed]
  • Accepting Evangelicals – Evangelical parishes accepting LGBT people[citation needed]
  • Evangelical Fellowship for Lesbian and Gay Christians (UK)[citation needed]
  • European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups[citation needed]
  • Evangelicals Concerned: Gay and Transgender Christians[citation needed]
  • Sybils: UK group for transgender Christians[citation needed]
  • Nuntiare et Recreare: Russian multi-denominational organization[citation needed]
  • LGBT Christians (Russian: ЛГБТ-христиане Украины): Ukrainian multi-denominational organization[citation needed]
  • Believe Out Loud - an online network that empowers Christians to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality[citation needed]
  • LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent (FLoAD)[citation needed]
  • The Evangelical Network[citation needed]
  • Strength in Weakness Ministry[citation needed]
  • Transfaith Online[citation needed]
  • The NALT (Not All Like That) Christians[citation needed]

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