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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.

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.

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.

I am the Pink Triangle and Yellow Star

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It was December of 2015. As I was riding a camel through the Negev desert across the land that my ancestors once walked, surrounded by 43 other queer Jewish peers, I finally felt a sense of community and belonging unlike …
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Overcoming with Good

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CW: discussion and image of homophobic slurs/harassment How would you respond if a hate note like this was posted on your door? Written by Darren McDonald, Safety Net Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good  (Romans …
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The Ties That Bind?

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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 …
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Looking at the Bible with New Eyes

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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 …
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How to Handle Hate Preachers on Campus

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  CW: homophobic slurs   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 …
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Biblical Passages to Support a Bisexual or Gay Brother

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By Doug Bauder and Rev. Rebecca Jimenez CW: discussion of homophobia, transphobia, racism, anti-Semitism, and sexism 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 …
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