List of Christian denominations affirming LGBT

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The LGBT flag at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Houston indicates that the church welcomes LGBT-identifying persons

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) affirming Christian denominations are Christian denominations that do not consider homosexuality or transgenderism to be sins. They 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.


While Christianity has traditionally forbidden sodomy, believing it to be parallel to homosexuality, some believe in the Hebrew text and history that the word sodomy literally means "male temple prostitute", and not a translation for homosexual. Thus, homosexuality is not thought of as an act of sin in a growing population of churches today.[1] Today some Christian denominations are accepting of homosexuality and transgenderism 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.

One of the first churches established for gays was the Liberal Catholic Church, in Sydney, Australia in 1916. 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.[2] 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.[2]

Some congregations are merely non-discriminatory and LGBT-affirming while others are specifically oriented toward gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons.[2] 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.[2]

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.


Africa and Asia[edit]

North America[edit]

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


Latin America[edit]


New Zealand[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.

Unofficial programmes[edit]

Programmes not affiliated with any particular denomination[edit]

  • Gay Christian Network (GCN) is a "nonprofit ministry supporting Christians worldwide who happen to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT)". GCN is an ecumenical ministry, welcoming Christians from a wide variety of backgrounds. GCN was founded in 2001 by Justin Lee, and has sought to "build a supportive community to support fellow gay Christians in their Christian walks."
  • 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 Los Angeles, California by the Rev. Drew Haywood."
  • Freedom2b is an Australian-based organisation that assists LGBTI people from Christian backgrounds on their journey to reconciling their faith, sexuality and gender identity.
  • Institute for Welcoming Resources (a programme of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force)
  • Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (UK)
  • Accepting Evangelicals – Evangelical parishes accepting LGBT people
  • Evangelical Fellowship for Lesbian and Gay Christians (UK)
  • European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups
  • Evangelicals Concerned: Gay and Transgender Christians
  • Sybils: UK group for transgender Christians
  • Nuntiare et Recreare: Russian multi-denominational organization
  • LGBT Christians (Russian: ЛГБТ-христиане Украины): Ukrainian multi-denominational organization
  • Believe Out Loud - an online network that empowers Christians to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, found at [1].
  • LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent (FLoAD)
  • The Evangelical Network
  • Strength in Weakness Ministry
  • Transfaith Online
  • The NALT (Not All Like That) Christians

LGBT-Affirming organizations in Africa[edit]

There are a few LGBT, affirming religious organizations that are based in African countries. A few are Inclusive & Affirming Ministries, the Yvette Flunder Foundation, and United Coalition of Affirming Africans. It's significant to have African communities have affirming spaces for LGBT due to the influence the church has on Africans and African Americans. It's significant to challenge to challenge monolithic narratives about Christians inspired homophobia in Africa. Therefore it's important to draw attention to Christian counter mobilizations that seek to affirm the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT people in Africa.

Anti-gay beliefs are encouraged through politicians, religions, violence, and even legislation. In 2014, a bill that criminalized same-sex relationships and membership a LGBT-rights groups. Anti-gay rhetoric is spoken through media outlets, such as newspapers, TV, and radio. In Uganda, a tabloid posted pictures of dozens of gay people and captioned the article: “Hang them.”

From parts of Africa, pastors and churches leaders warned against 'the dangers of homosexuality.' The leaders would oppose gay and lesbian human rights advocacy and calling for tough measures from their government, to ensure that homosexuality is and remains a criminal offense and won't be accepted in their countries.However there has been a growth of LGBT affirming religious movements in the last 25 years.

The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM) built a pan-African LGBT-affirming Christian movement. TFAM presents its work as response to the involvement of AMerican white conservative in the spread of homophobia in Africa. Their work consists of attempts to counterbalance the culture wars and define the future of African Christianity in progressive ways. One product of their labor include an LGBT church in Nairobi, Kenya.

Inclusive & Affirming Ministries, based in Cape Town, South Africa - an organization that works to raise understanding of sexual orientation in Sub-Saharan African countries - will address discrimination and prejudice through dialogue, training, and Bible-study resources

Yvette Flunder Foundation will elevate the Fellowship Global Project - United Coalition of Affirming Africans, a group founded by pro-LGBT African AMerican clergy, present in Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya, that is building an inclusive Christian movement tied to a larger social-justice agenda.

Inclusive & Affirming Ministries host Sexuality Diversity workshop in Gugulethu for vulnerable and threatened LGBTI people in August. They included discussions about intersectionality. Inclusive & Affirming Ministries is a non-profit organization that acts as a catalysts, within the religious sector, in South Africa and other African countries, providing expertise to faith based organizations institutions to promote full inclusion of LGBT people.

United Coalition of Affirming Africans is made up of Kenyan clergy 50 pastors who support gay rights. They believe homophobia goes against God's Love. They beleives religious people have 'some against God's love by condemning gays. <><><></><>JayKMPix (talk)

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