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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, and Ally (LGBTQIA) Resource Guide: LGBTQIA Religion & Spirituality

This guide provides users with key words for catalog searches, links to free credible online resources, links to local support groups, a list of important works on the topics, as well as pages of LGBTQIA literature by genre.

LGBTQIA Friendly Churches Online

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Local LGBTQIA Friendly Churches

We believe Christ is calling All Souls' Church to be a renewed church in a changing world. Empowered by the Spirit of God, we respond to Jesus’ call as we deepen our bond with Christ through worship, become a community where all are accepted, and work together to do God’s work in the world.

Coral Gables Congregational, United Church of Christ is as a place of affirmation and Christian nurture for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons. The Open and Affirming designation extends a welcome to LGBTQIA+ persons into the full life and ministry of the church. We resolve that God’s love, Christ’s body of fellowship and ministry, and the Spirit’s power are intended for persons of all colors, ages, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities.

Congregation Etz Chaim first opened our doors in Miami in 1974, so that gay and lesbian Jews could find a safe and nurturing place of worship and community. Now located in Wilton Manors, Etz Chaim has been the spiritual home for generations of people in the decades since our founding. We continue to be a community that proudly welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and heterosexual singles, couples, and families.
At First United Methodist Church of Miami we're a diverse loving and welcoming congregation always open to the Love of Christ and His transforming Grace. No need to dress up, no need to dress down, come as you are!
At Plymouth Congregational Church no matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here. We are an Open and Affirming congregation and while we don’t all look or think alike, we all worship together. We worship as a family of faith, gathered in the name of Jesus Christ. It is the experience of worship that shapes us, defines us and propels us into our lives and missions and ministries, seeking to serve the world around us.
Riviera Presbyterian Church is an unapologetically progressive community in the Presbyterian Church (USA). We are a family church where families come in all compositions. We believe that all people are God’s beloved children. Riviera welcomes all without regard to race or ethnic background, economic or social circumstances, immigration status, gender, sexual identity and expression, marital status or abilities.
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church is a diverse, inclusive, and radically, welcoming community of "all sorts and conditions" of people. We are fiercely committed to the mission that "all are welcome here" -- gay, straight, black, white, old, young, poor, rich, Latin, Anglo, single, married or partnered. We continue our commitment to nurturing families, whether those families are defined traditionally or redefined to meet  a diversity of lifestyles and needs.
Temple Israel of Greater Miami is a vibrant, caring and inclusive Reform congregation in Downtown Miami that is redefining Jewish life through our uniquely progressive approach to life-long learning, social justice and spirituality.
We are a diverse spiritual home that embraces and radiates unconditional love, acceptance, energy and healing.  At Unity on the Bay, we believe that there is one power: God, the good, omnipotent, and that the awareness and connection with this power opens the manifest world to its highest and best good in every individual and the universe as a whole.

Religious Resources

The Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists has a mission to create and support a community of churches, organizations and individuals committed to the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in the full life and mission of Baptist churches.
The Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies serves three distinct but overlapping constituencies: the world of academic religious scholarship; faith communities; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender people and organizations. For each of these constituent groups, CLGS is committed to providing programming and support for research, resources, education for leadership, and community-building/advocacy.
Dignity USA works for respect and justice for people of all sexual orientations, genders, and gender identities—especially gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons—in the Catholic Church and the world through education, advocacy, and support.
The Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association is dedicated to the teachings of Lord Caitanya, the importance of all-inclusiveness within His mission, and the Vedic concept of a natural third gender. Its purpose is to educate Vaishnavas, Hindus and the public in general about the “third sex” as described in Vedic literatures. This knowledge will help to correct many misconceptions that people hold today concerning third-gender people (gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders, the intersexed, etc.).
PFLAG offers Faith Resources for Muslims. Muslim communities have been subjected to Islamophobia, racism, and violence based on ignorance. In a number of ways, the contemporary Muslim experience mirrors the LGBT experience, and makes support for those whose identities intersect with both communities all the more important.
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.

The Internet Sacred Text Archive site is a freely available archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics. Texts are presented in English translation and, where possible, in the original language.  This site has no particular agenda other than promoting religious tolerance and scholarship. Views expressed at this site are solely those of specific authors, and are not endorsed by sacred-texts. Sacred-texts is not sponsored by any religious group or organization.

JQY (Jewish Queer Youth) is a nonprofit organization supporting and empowering LGBTQ youth in the Jewish community. JQY fights to ensure the emotional and physical health and safety of these individuals, with a special focus on teens and young adults from Orthodox, Chasidic, and Sephardic communities. Our goal is for all these individuals to know: You are a valued member of the Jewish community and you are not alone.
The World Congress of GLBT Jews: Keshet Ga'Avah is an amazing networking resource for LGBTQIA+ Jews from around the world to connect, engage, and support on local, national, continental and global levels. The Hebrew subtitle Keshet Ga’avah – Rainbow of Pride – emphasizes the importance of tradition and diversity. We have member organizations worldwide, hold annual board meetings and host regionals and world conferences on subjects of interest to LBGTQI+ Jews and their allies. The World Congress: Keshet Ga’avah strives to be the voice of LBGTQI+ Jews worldwide.
The LGBTQ Religious Archives Network (LGBT-RAN) is an innovative venture in preserving history and encouraging scholarly study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) religious movements around the world. Recognizing that history is written from the perspective of those who preserve their records, LGBTQ-RAN's overarching purpose is to ensure the preservation and accessibility of the voices and experiences of a great diversity of LGBT religious leaders and groups.

Transfaith is a national non-profit that is led by transgender people. We are a multi-tradition, multi-racial, multi-gender, multi-generational organization working to support transgender spiritual/cultural workers and their leadership in community. We work closely with many allied organizations, secular, spiritual, and religious, transgender-led and otherwise. We believe that the experiences, spiritual vitality, and leadership of people of transgender experience make our communities stronger and more vibrant. We bring people together to develop conversation, strategy, and community in order to help us all reach our full potential.

Whosoever aims to present a true diversity of voices that allows for the perspectives of those of various faiths, traditions, creeds, cultures, abilities, sexualities, ethnicities, socio-economic levels, geographies and gender expressions. Whosoever doesn’t limit itself solely to what Christians call God. We aim to do this in a way that finds questions more interesting than answers, that values individual prayer and discernment over interpersonal argument, and that values real-world interaction over digital discourse.

Books on Religion and Sexuality

Libguide created by Jennifer Vargas, Instructional Assistant II
In collaboration with Nerys Torralbas, Associate Instructor & Angel Hernandez, Learning Resources Professional