Campus Pride Resources

Religion and Faith

Faith and religion are often places of joy — or deeply riddled with conflict and sorrow for LGBTQ people. These resources depict both positive and negative experiences with faith communities and specifically efforts on religiously-affiliated campuses through the coalition Campus Pride in Faith. In addition, Campus Pride recognizes our educational partners and their resources for LGBTQ people of faith.

Campus Pride in Faith: Campus Pride in Faith (CPF) is a national coalition that aims to provide resources, support, and guidance to LGBTQ and ally students who seek fair and equal treatment and understanding, and who seek to build and maintain LGBTQA student organizations, and/or non-discrimination policies inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity at their faith-based colleges or universities. CPF affirms that many LGBTQA students are persons of faith, and that all people are entitled to the dignity and respect that is God-given. CPF embraces faith, gender identity, and sexuality where they holistically intersect. Read more about the experiences of LGBTQ students on religiously-affiliated campuses in this Huffington Post article by Campus Pride’s Executive Director.

Soulforce: Soulforce is a national non-profit that works nonviolently to end the religious and political oppression of LGBTQ people. While Soulforce is not itself a faith-based organization, its organizers lead from the understanding that oppressive religious beliefs, civil rights abuses and anti-feminist attitudes that oppress LGBTQ people are interrelated and part of the cycle of oppression.

Institute for Welcoming Resources: The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Institute for Welcoming Resources was created by denomination representatives of the Welcoming Church Movement. The IWR exists to develop resources, organize conferences and trainings, and expand networks and coalitions within and beyond the welcoming church movement.

Nehirim: Nehirim builds community for LGBT Jews, partners, and allies. The organization offers a variety of student programming and maintains a list of LGBT Jewish student organizations across the country.

HRC’s Religion and Faith Program: 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.

Faith in America: Faith In America’s mission is to educate the public about the harm caused when misguided religious teaching is used to place a religious and moral stamp of disapproval and inequality on the lives of gay and lesbian Americans, with emphasis on its horrific impact on youth and families. The goal of this education process is to end the advance of religion-based bigotry and the stigma and hostility this uniquely vile form of bigotry promotes toward LGBT individuals and their families.

Overcoming with Good


Written by Darren McDonald, Safety Net How would you respond if a hate note like this was posted on your door? Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good  (Romans 12:21) How do we respond when we encounter discrimination and violence?  How can we confront dehumanizing systems of oppression with our humanity […]

Exposing the harm of “ex-gay ministries” and “conversion therapy”


The three main points you should know and a resource guide for further study  by Isabel Williams, College of Charleston  “Ex-gay minsitries”,”reparative therapy”, “conversion therapy”, or “sexual reorientation therapy” describes practices of individuals or groups that claim to offer “treatment” for LGBTQ identities and attempt to literally change them to hetero-normative and cis-gender identities. Once, […]

A Student Leader Look Inside: Queer Coalition Building with Communities of Color


Shrinking budgets have made coalition building (or co-sponsorships) even more important than ever before. Multicultural student groups tend to be among the most underfunded. Financial concerns are among the most logical reasons for building coalitions (or allies) across, in this case, racial identities. Coalition building provides opportunities to present examples of unity and celebrate intersectionality. […]

The Ties That Bind?

Campus Pride lists top 7 LGBT-Friendly Religiously Affiliated Universities Reprinted with permission from The Washington Blade (2013). Religiously affiliated universities often are not associated with LGBTQ friendliness or visibility. Recent studies by Campus Pride reveal, however, that more and more Catholic and Protestant universities are actively seeking to improve the campus climate for their LGBTQ […]

Looking at the Bible with New Eyes


How do Christians proclaim the love of God in Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit today? “Biblical Sexuality and Gender” by The Rev. Dr. Jay Emerson Johnson poses many questions in his thoughtful look at the most common verses used to oppose LGBT people. Genesis 19:1-13 Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 Romans 1:26-27 […]

Biblical Passages to Support a Bisexual or Lesbian Sister


by Doug Bauder and Rev. Rebecca Jimenez Source: Shane L. Windmeyer & Pamela W. Freeman; Secret Sisters: Stories of Being Lesbian & Bisexual in a College Sorority Our sorority ritual is based on the Bible and Christian teachings, so how can we accept gays into membership? Since I was raised a Christian, how can I […]

Ex-Gay Politics on Campus


by Christine M. Robinson, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies James Madison University  Has your LGBTQ Resource Center been contacted by PFOX (Parents and Friends of Gays and Ex-Gays) requesting distribution of ex-gay literature? Have you seen advertisements from ex-gay organizations in your student newspaper or heard an ex-gay speaker on campus? Is […]

How to Handle Hate Preachers on Campus


Hate preachers thrive on attention and publicity. They use provocative language in an attempt to ‘hook’ people. They frequently press charges and fund their homophobic campaigns by winning lawsuits. Some effective strategies that others have used include: Ignore the haters completely. Do not give them any media attention. Do NOT touch any of the haters. […]

Religious Colleges & Universities: What Would the Bishop Say?


What Would the Bishop Say? by Joseph T. Amodeo Just the other day I was home for spring break in the small hometown that I come from in rural New York State. I happened to stop by the local high school to meet with some friends of mine. As I walked through the halls of Marlboro […]

Biblical Passages to Support a Bisexual or Gay Brother


by Doug Bauder and Rev. Rebecca Jimenez Source: Shane L. Windmeyer; Brotherhood: Gay Life in College Fraternities “Love the sinner, not the sin!” That’s what Jonathan Scaggs in his story titled “1 John 2:10”  was told by a fraternity brother when, with fear and trepidation, Jonathan shared with this man the fact that he is […]