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Faith resources

Institute for Welcoming Resources
Denominational representatives of the Welcoming Church Movement, including the UCC Coalition, organized IWR in 2002. This ecumenical center publishes resources and training programs to help churches become welcoming and affirming of all congregants regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. In early 2006, IWR became a program of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

LGBTQ/SGL Page on the UCC website
Extensive LGBTQ/SGL resources from the UCC’s Office for Health and Wholeness Advocacy.

Religion and Faith Program: Human Rights Campaign
HRC’s Religion and Faith Program seeks to engage all faith traditions in a deeper dialogue on questions of fairness and equality for LGBT Americans. Through initiatives such as Clergy Call for Justice and Equality, a Seminary Mentorship program and Putting Faith into Action, HRC has been working to build a diverse faith-based movement speaking out for LGBT justice.

Religion, Faith and Valuies Program: Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination
GLAAD’s Religion, Faith Values program works to amplify the voices of LGBT-affirming communities of faith and LGBT people of faith. The program has successfully coordinated press conferences for religious leaders who speak out in support of LGBT issues and has secured national and religious media interest in stories that bring examples of LGBT equality in faith communities to Americans. The program has trained openly LGBT and LGBT-supportive clergy, faith communities and individuals to share their stories in their local congregations and through mainstream media.

Not All Like That (NALT) Christians Project
The NALT Christians Project provides an effective platform through social media to enable any and all LGBT-affirming Christians to share their belief that there is nothing anti-biblical or sinful about being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries
The Fellowship is a network of LGBTQ/SGL congregations in the African American faith tradition—with primarily LGBT leadership—led by Bishop Yvette Flunder. The Fellowship has a close covenantal relationship with the Coalition and the United Church of Christ.

LGBT Religious Archives Network
LGBT-RAN is a treasure trove of stories and testimonies about the early leaders of the faith movement for LGBTQ/SGL inclusion. Many of the Coalition’s pioneers are honored on this site.

National resources for LGBT Rights

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (The Task Force)
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination (GLAAD)
Family Equality Council
Freedom to Marry
National list of local LGBT community centers
National Center for Transgender Equality
Americans for Workplace Equality
National Black Justice Coalition
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Straight for Equality
OutServe/Service Members Legal Defense Network

Regional Coalitions for LGBT Rights

SOUTH

Campaign for Southern Equality

NEW ENGLAND

Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders