Welcoming Faith Communities

For LGBTQ+ people and their families, faith and communities of faith can be tough subjects. Often we have been traumatized them. It’s one of the most common struggles that folks who come to our PFLAG meetings face. Faith can be part of who we are/were, and finding ways to navigate what faith and community looks like after you or a loved one has come out is an important struggle.

This list is a list of supportive faith communities from various traditions. They help us in that journey of finding faith and community, without telling us that being LGBTQ+ is wrong. Below each heading is a little description of the faith community (often in their own words) along with a link for more information. For many there is also a link to find where their faith communities are located. Simply click on the links, type in your zip code, and the database will show you communities near you.

This is no means an exhaustive list, so check back for periodic updates. If you have a community that you think needs to be on the list, send us an e-mail and we’ll look into them.


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Christian Communities

“The ANCC is a contemporary expression of an ancient faith. There is a firm commitment to the sacraments, and we embrace the 2nd edition translation of the mass of Vatican II that is revered so many in the Americas.


We are also guided the Spirit as a community which embraces a broader faith where all are welcomed and affirmed. We understand the importance of loving and supporting each other, while continually challenging ourselves to embrace the Gospel calling of Jesus Christ.”

“The American National Catholic Church is devoted to being the hands and voice of Christ in the world today. We are a people who embrace their Gospel calling to transform the world, build God’s Kingdom, and make disciples of all people.” - https://www.americannationalcatholicchurch.org/about/ 

“All respected contemporary understanding of homosexuality tells us that sexual orientation is an inherent aspect of personal identity. We believe that some of God’s children are gay and lesbian because God has seen it fit to create them as such. All of God’s creation is good and as such we welcome our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters in the fullness of the life of the church. Sacramental limitations on marriage and ordination are rejected. As such, we joyfully unite same sex couples in the Sacrament of Matrimony and ordain qualified gays and lesbians called God.” - https://www.americannationalcatholicchurch.org/ministries/parishes/

“The mission of the Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists is 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.” - https://awab.org/find-a-church/

“The Mission of the Open & Affirming Ministry Program is to build a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) that welcomes persons of all gender expressions and sexual orientations to the table of Christ’s communion and to the full life and leadership of the Christian Church.” - http://disciplesallianceq.org/open-affirming-ministries/find-oa/

“The identity statement of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) states: ‘We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ we welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us.’” - https://disciples.org/our-identity/

“What we share with all Catholics

The Sacred Scriptures

The ancient creeds of church

The sacraments and liturgical worship

The threefold apostolic ministry: bishop, presbyter (usually called priest) and deacon


What distinguishes us on the Catholic landscape, among other things, is the inclusion of the following elements:

Synodality (the inclusion of laity and clergy in the governance and mission of the Church)

We welcome and include the following:

Divorced and remarried persons

Married clergy

Women Priests

LGBTQ persons

Our Passion


It is worth noting that describing one’s boundaries does not always point directly to the heart of our ethos. There are many ways to say this, but we can say that at our center we are followers of Jesus Christ, gratefully living in the love of God, and giving our lives to the full thriving of every human being and indeed all of creation.” - https://ecumenical-catholics.org/about-us/


“We offer a refuge in Christ for those who suffer prejudice because of race, color, culture, philosophy, gender, sexual orientation, or educational deprivation.”

“We affirm that each baptized person is an equal member of the Catholic Church and that in the ECC this equality must be evident in Synodal and local governance and ministry; that all the baptized, irrespective of gender identity, marital status or sexual orientation and relationship, are welcome to join in celebrating the Sacraments; that the ministerial priesthood in the ECC is open to all the baptized, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation and relationship, or marital status; and that in moral and ethical decision-making the ECC supports the primacy of an individual’s conscience.” - https://ecumenical-catholics.org/community/

“Since 1974, ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation has advocated for the full welcome, inclusion, and equity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual/aromantic (LGBTQIA+) Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church, congregations, and community.

In relationships built through outreach and education, ReconcilingWorks shares Christ's message, the Gospel, which is for everyone equally. We advocate for systemic change in policy and practice in church and society, working to alleviate not only the painful symptoms of oppression but also to eliminate its root causes.” - https://www.reconcilingworks.org/ric/findric/


“We are what God has made us – people whom God has created grace to live in union with Jesus Christ and has prepared to live faithful, fruitful lives the power of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:8-10). In Jesus Christ, God has reconciled us to God and to each other. As we gather around word and sacraments, this life in Christ is what defines, shapes and guides us as a community of faith, the church. 

By God’s grace we can and do live confidently and generously in this community of faith and in service of others, amid the mysteries and paradoxes of this life in Christ – including our human limitations and failings, and the ambiguities, uncertainties and suffering that we experience.” - https://www.elca.org/About 


“The mission of Brethren Mennonite Council is to cultivate an inclusive church and society and to care for the Mennonite and Brethren lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied community.” - https://www.bmclgbt.org/currentscn (Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Interests)


“We are a diverse community, and one thing that unites us is how we practice our faith in the world…

  • Actively following Jesus is central to our lives.
  • We seek to follow Jesus above nationalism, racism or materialism.
  • We are a historic peace church. We follow Jesus as a peacemaker and believe that we can practice the way of Jesus’ reconciling love in human conflicts and in response to violence.
  • We believe in living simply and in service to others as a witness to God’s love for the world.”


“Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) is truly a diverse group of people with different perspectives and opinions and, as you read articles from our MCC authors and explore our various MCC churches, you’ll notice this beautiful diversity of opinions, expressions, and viewpoints.  That is who we are as a people!  Diversity is a central part of MCC! 


Many people within Metropolitan Community Churches, and many people who know about us, consider us to be a Protestant Christian denomination.  We also consider ourselves to be a spiritual movement (more on that later).  We are an international collection of churches and faith communities that was founded in 1968 in the United States a brave out gay Christian pastor named Rev. Troy Perry.


We have many straight people who are part of MCC, and they are important and cherished members, leaders, and clergy!  Most of our members, however, are from the LGBTQ+ community.  In fact, we are unique among all Christian denominations because we’re the ONLY denomination that is primarily made up of LGBTQ+ people, has a focus on LGBTQ+ and Queer understandings, and this has been true of us for OVER 50 YEARS!  The idea that God fully loves and accepts gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, pansexual, intersexual, asexual, and various queer people is NOT new to us!  We’ve always welcomed and embraced the LGBTQ+ community.  More than that…we ARE the LGBTQ+ community!” - https://visitmccchurch.com/who-is-metropolitan-community-churches-mcc-and-what-do-you-believe/ 

Find a MCC Church here - https://visitmccchurch.com/our-churches/mcc-churches-in-the-united-states/?utm_source=en&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=website&utm_term=united-states-inside

“New Ways Ministry is a Catholic outreach that educates and advocates for equity, inclusion, and justice for LGBTQ+ persons, equipping leaders to build bridges of dialogue within the Church and civil society.

New Ways Ministry’s core commitments include:

  • Promoting dialogue and reconciliation grounded in the unity and diversity of the Body of Christ (I Cor 12:12)
  • Becoming anti-racist in our programming, publications, and internal operations
  • Supporting research and resources that empower pastoral ministers and educators to advance an intersectional understanding of gender identity and sexuality
  • Fostering holiness and wholeness within the Catholic LGBTQ+ community and allies through spiritual programs and resources”


“In 1976, Bishop Francis J. Mugavero of Brooklyn, New York, wrote a pastoral letter, “Sexuality: God’s Gift,” which was one of the first Roman Catholic statements to contain a compassionate and encouraging message to gay and lesbian people. Gay and lesbian people deserved to be treated equally in society and the Christian community, he noted, and then he addressed them directly, stating, “. . . we pledge our willingness. . . to try to find new ways to communicate the truth of Christ because we believe it will make you free.”


That passage and that term, “new ways,” caught the attention and the hearts of a priest and nun team who were doing ministry with the gay and lesbian community. Father Robert Nugent, SDS, and Sister Jeannine Gramick, SSND, adopted that phrase for the title of the workshops they were giving in Washington, DC, to Catholic pastoral workers and others interested in gay and lesbian issues. These “New Ways Workshops” were sponsored the Quixote Center, a Maryland-based Catholic social justice group. One year later, in 1977, these “New Ways Workshops” blossomed into a separate non-profit organization, New Ways Ministry, devoted to Catholic gay and lesbian concerns.”


“Outreach, which operates under the auspices of America Media, is rooted in the love of Jesus, who, during his public ministry, reached out to all those who were excluded; it’s inspired the saints and blessed and holy men and women who, in every age, cared for those who were neglected; and it’s grounded in the church’s call today to treat LGBTQ people with “respect, compassion and sensitivity” (Catechism #2358).


Outreach also hopes to offer a place where church leaders, both clergy and lay, can encounter the LGBTQ faithful, in their “joys and hopes” and “griefs and anxieties” as well as engage in respectful dialogue (Gaudium et Spes, #1).  Pope Francis’s model of “closeness, compassion and tenderness” towards the LGBTQ community inspires us in our ministry of outreach.


Overall, we hope to help LGBTQ Catholics know that God loves them, that they are at the heart of their church and that they have many gifts to offer the People of God.”


“Following the risen Christ, and seeking to make the Church a true community of hospitality, the mission of More Light Presbyterians is to work for the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) people in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and in society.” - https://mlp.org/our-churches/


“Presbyterians are distinctive in two major ways. They adhere to a pattern of religious thought known as Reformed theology and a form of government that stresses the active, representational leadership of both ministers and church members.”

“Worship in a Presbyterian congregation, in its shape and content, is determined the pastor and the session, the church’s governing body. It generally includes prayer, music, Bible reading and a sermon based upon Scripture, prayers of intercession, personal response/offering, and the Sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

The constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) suggests that worship be ordered in terms of four major actions centered in the revelation of Jesus Christ: Gathering, Word, Sacrament, and Sending.” - https://www.presbyterianmission.org/what-we-believe/what-makes-us-unique/

“The Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and equips UCC congregations to become effective witnesses to Christ’s extravagant welcome.” - https://openandaffirming.org/ona/find/


“The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action.  With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world.  The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where ‘…they may all be one” (John 17:21).’” - https://www.ucc.org/who-we-are/about/ 

“Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) equips and mobilizes United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.” - https://rmnetwork.org/

“The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Local churches and extension ministries of the Church provide the most significant arenas through which disciple-making occurs.”

“We make disciples as we:

—proclaim the gospel, seek, welcome and gather persons into the body of Christ;

—lead persons to commit their lives to God through baptism water and the spirit and profession of faith in Jesus Christ;

—nurture persons in Christian living through worship, the sacraments, spiritual disciplines, and other means of grace, such as Wesley's Christian conferencing;

—send persons into the world to live lovingly and justly as servants of Christ healing the sick, feeding the hungry, caring for the stranger, freeing the oppressed, being and becoming a compassionate, caring presence, and working to develop social structures that are consistent with the gospel; and

—continue the mission of seeking, welcoming and gathering persons into the community of the body of Christ.” - https://www.umc.org/en/content/book-of-discipline-120-ff-section-1-the-churches

“We make disciples as we:

—proclaim the gospel, seek, welcome and gather persons into the body of Christ;

—lead persons to commit their lives to God through baptism water and the spirit and profession of faith in Jesus Christ;

—nurture persons in Christian living through worship, the sacraments, spiritual disciplines, and other means of grace, such as Wesley's Christian conferencing;

—send persons into the world to live lovingly and justly as servants of Christ healing the sick, feeding the hungry, caring for the stranger, freeing the oppressed, being and becoming a compassionate, caring presence, and working to develop social structures that are consistent with the gospel; and

—continue the mission of seeking, welcoming and gathering persons into the community of the body of Christ.” - https://www.umc.org/en/content/book-of-discipline-120-ff-section-1-the-churches 

“Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) equips and mobilizes United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.” - https://rmnetwork.org/

Other Communities

“Ethical Humanism/Ethical Culture is a humanist Movement focusing on human goodness and building ethical relationships with each other and the Earth. As a non-theistic organization we do not concern ourselves with the existence or non-existence of a deity but instead embrace the diversity of our membership.

  • We recognize the unique worth and dignity of all people regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, sexual identity, economic status, level of ability, or religious beliefs.
  • We advocate for reason, compassion, and rational thinking so we can progress as individuals, communities, and a world.
  • We act to elicit the best in others and therein ourselves, celebrating with and supporting each other through life.
  • We realize the full capacity of our human spirit when we stimulate our thinking with new insights and inspirations.
  • We are recognized as a religious movement because for us the ethical quest has the depth of a religious commitment, and because we recognize the value of a community of support, celebration, and action.
  • We train future humanist leaders to promote responsible and ethical living.” 


“Ethical Culture / Ethical Humanism reaffirms its support for equal rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Questioning and Queer people.” - https://aeu.org/resource/2010-reaffirming-equal-rights-for-lgbtq/ 

Find a community here: https://aeu.org/who-we-are/member-societies/

“Keshet works for the full equality of all LGBTQ Jews and our families in Jewish life. We strengthen Jewish communities. We equip Jewish organizations with the skills and knowledge to build LGBTQ-affirming communities, create spaces in which all queer Jewish youth feel seen and valued, and advance LGBTQ rights nationwide.” - https://www.keshetonline.org/our-work/ 

Find their list of supportive synagogues, clergy, and organizations here: https://www.keshetonline.org/resources-and-events/equality-directory/

“MASGD works to support, empower, and connect LGBTQ+ Muslims.* In our work, we challenge root causes of oppression, including misogyny, racism, capitalism, and xenophobia. We celebrate gender and sexual diversity within Muslim communities and promote an understanding of Islam that is centered on inclusion, justice, and equity. 

*We acknowledge that the term LGBTQ+ uses a particular cultural frame for understanding sexual and gender diversity. Many Muslims use other terms and cultural frames for understanding gender and sexuality, and language keeps evolving. Our intention is to be inclusive” - https://www.themasgd.org/ 

Find their list of supportive Muslim organizations here: https://www.themasgd.org/orgs-united-states

“We are people of all ages, people of many backgrounds, and people of many beliefs. We are brave, curious and compassionate thinkers and doers. We create spirituality and community beyond boundaries, working for more justice and more love in our own lives and in the world.

Unitarian Universalism affirms and promotes seven Principles, grounded in the humanistic teachings of the world's religions. Our spirituality is unbounded, drawing from scripture and science, nature and philosophy, personal experience and ancient tradition as described in our six Sources.” - https://www.uua.org/beliefs 

“Unitarian Universalism is a supportive and friendly home for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, families, and communities. Always at the forefront of LGBTQ rights and inclusion, for more than forty-five years we have been ordaining LGBTQ ministers, leading LGBTQ-affirming sexuality education for young people, working for rights in society (including marriage equality), and promoting inclusion in our congregations.” - https://www.uua.org/beliefs/who-we-are/backgrounds 

Find a congregation here: https://www.uua.org/find/

“Whether you have a strong spiritual foundation, are just at the beginning of your spiritual journey, or do not believe in God at all, Unity offers spiritual insights and guidance for all people. While having its origins rooted in Christianity, the Unity teachings bring together ancient wisdom from many faith traditions. You will not find dogma in Unity, and we honor all spiritual paths.”

“These ancient, universal principles taught Unity offer foundational guidance for living abundantly and staying in tune with your own divine nature.

  • God is everywhere and always present in every circumstance. This divine energy underlies and animates all of existence. 
  • Human beings are innately good because they are connected to and an expression of Spirit. 
  • Our thoughts have creative power to influence events and determine our experiences. 
  • Prayer and meditation connect and align us to our own spiritual nature and to God. 
  • It is not enough to understand spiritual teachings. We must apply our learning in all areas of life, incorporating them into our thoughts, words, and actions.” - https://www.unity.org/static/about-us 

“Unity proudly supports the LGBTQIA+ community. We believe everyone is divine and that every person shines with the light of God!” - https://www.unity.org/topic/lgbtqia-communities 

Find a congregation here: https://www.unity.org/search/community?fulltext=st%20louis%20mo&tab=physical