LGBTFaith

LGBT+ and Faith

There are often perceived to be particular issues regarding LGBT community and various faith communities. Sometimes, this results in people feeling they cannot reconcile their sexuality with their faith, feeling they need to choose one over the other. We are aware of these issues, and you are welcome to contact chaplaincy@newcastle.ac.uk for advice & support. We are grateful to the “Faithbook” produced by the Manchester-based Lesbian & Gay Foundation for some of the following. Some useful organisations are detailed here:

For Christians:

Metropolitan Community Church is a church founded specifically for members of the LGBT community. The local branch recently changed its name to Northern Lights MCC, and meets at St James’ United Reformed Church in Northumberland Road every Sunday at 6.30pm. http://www.northernlightsmcc.org.uk/

http://www.onebodyonefaith.org.uk/ "One body one faith" is the new name for the Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement, which is a long-standing and excellent Christian organisation. They offer resources, local groups, information and support.

The Evangelical Lesbian & Gay Christians, formed in 1979, is a group of women & men, most of whom are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and come from an evangelical Christian background. http://www.eflgc.org.uk/.

Diverse Church http://diversechurch.website/ is a group specifically for young Lesbian & Gay Christians, overseen by Revd Sally Hitchener, University Chaplain at Brunel University.

There is a host of other supportive Christian organisations, including Changing Attitude Inclusive Church which maintains a database of (Anglican) supportive churches.

There are also a number of denomination-specific groups, including:
www.questgaycatholic.org.uk for Roman Catholics
www.unitarian.org.uk for Unitarians
Quaker Lesbian and Gay Fellowship at www.qgsdc.org.uk for Quakers.

For Muslims:

Imaan is “the LGBTQI Muslim support group”. Their website includes good advice: http://www.imaan.org.uk/

The Safra Project was set up in October 2001 by and for Muslim LBT women. The issues faced by Muslim LBT women, and the (combination of) prejudices based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, religion, race, culture and immigration status that they experience, are unique and currently insufficiently addressed. http://www.safraproject.org/

For Jews:

Jewish Gay and Lesbian group. The longest established Jewish LGBT group in the world. http://www.jglg.org.uk/
Keshet UK is a social action organisation founded in 2011. Its mission is to advocate for change on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) Jews in Great Britain www.keshetuk.org

For Baha’is:

Stories of gay & lesbian Baha’is: www.gaybahai.net is a good starting point.

For Buddhists:

Gay Buddhist sangha says this on their web site: “We strive to provide a refuge and safe place where LGBTQI people can feel supported and valued as we cultivate the practice of these teachings and learn how to use them in practical ways in our everyday lives.”
The Gay Buddhist fellowship www.gaybuddhist.org The Gay Buddhist Fellowship supports Buddhist practice in the Gay men’s community. Although based in San Francisco, they provide support for people all over the world.

For Hindus & Vaishnavas:

Gay & Lesbian Vaishnava Association (GALVA). 'A nonprofit religious organization offering positive information and support to LGBTI Vaishnavas and Hindus, their friends, and other interested persons.' http://www.galva108.org/

For Humanists:

"Founded in 1979, originally known as GALHA, LGBT Humanists is a democratic, membership organisation based in the UK with members worldwide, promoting Humanism and LGBT equality." http://lgbthumanists.org.uk

For Pagans:

There are many different kinds of paganism. The Wellhead provides a specific section on its web site for lesbians and gays: www.thewellhead.org.uk

For Sikhs:

Sarbat.net is “the website for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) Sikhs” www.sarbat.net

We endeavour to keep web links up to date. If you find one that is more helpful, please do contact us. If any of the above close or move, please tell us.