Campus Pride in Faith (CPF) is a national coalition that aims to provide resources, support, and guidance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally (LGBTQA) students who seek to build welcoming environments, LGBTQA student organizations, and/or all inclusive non-discrimination policies 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.
What is Campus Pride in Faith?
Over a dozen student leaders currently comprise the Campus Pride in Faith coalition which include the campuses of University of Portland, Southern Methodist University, Pepperdine University, Brigham Young University, Mercer University, Muhlenberg University, Catholic University of America, University of Notre Dame, St. Edward’s University, Fordham University, St. Olaf College, Bridgewater State University, George Fox University, Washington & Lee University and Georgetown University.
Campus Pride in Faith is currently developing an advisory board composed of professors, administrators, business professionals, laity, religious leaders, parents, alumni, etc. who likewise understand the importance of providing resources and guidance to students on religiously affiliated university and college campuses. The advisory board will be a cornerstone in fostering a national network, developing guidance and resources for university and college administrators, paving the way towards a national convention, and offering direction to the student leaders of CPF.
Campus Pride in Faith coalition works to lead efforts nationally and on individual campuses against a lack of equity, affirmation, and safety on religious affiliated campuses. Campus Pride in Faith offers our community––the LGBTQA community––an opportunity to say that faith, sexuality, and gender identity are not mutually exclusive.
If you are a student leader on a religious affiliated campus, please consider joining the Campus Pride in Faith private community group for networking and resource sharing. Email [email protected]
Other Faith & Religion Resources
LGBTQNotSin: Campus Pride is partnering with Faith In America to launch a youth-driven national social media campaign titled #LGBTQNotSin. The partnership aim is to remove the stigma of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people being considered a sin within the Christian faith as well as bring visibility to LGBTQ-affirming Christians. View featured videos and resources from Faith in America.
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.