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Support Organizations Working to Promote Christian Understanding and Acceptance of LGBTQ People

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The quest for LGBTQ equality in the United States has led right to the doors of the Christian church.

In too many instances these doors remain closed.  Conservative Christians who oppose LGBTQ equality isolate themselves from LGBTQ people, seeing them as a threat to their faith and way of life.  LGBTQ people, so wounded and offended over the years by the actions and rhetoric of conservative Christians, distance themselves as well.  Persistent anger and misunderstandings abound. But though a lot of people are unaware, there are many organizations working within Christianity, often for many years, slowly but surely building bridges and creating peace between the conservative Christian and LGBTQ communities.

Christian Feminism Today is just one such organization.  We’ve been working to change Christian hearts and minds about LGBTQ people for the last 30 years.  CFT and these other organizations need your support. Please make a tax deducible contribution today.

Christian Feminism Today

Christian Feminism Today founding members include Virginia Ramey Mollenkott and Letha Dawson Scanzoni, co-authors of one of the first books presenting a biblical case for LGBTQ equality, Is the Homosexual My Neighbor, published in 1978.  The organization adopted an official position in favor of equality in 1986, perhaps the first evangelical Christian organization to do so.

Donate here.  (EEWC-CFT is a 501 C 3 organization)

FreedHearts

FreedHearts is a 501c3 nonprofit charitable organization based in Austin, Texas founded by Susan Cottrell,  a speaker, author, seminary student, and the mother of five children including a queer daughter and a lesbian daughter.  Susan is an EEWC-CFT member, a fierce, relentless advocate and LGBTQ ally, and the Vice President of PFLAG Austin.

Donate here. (FreedHearts is a 501 C 3 organization)

The Gay Christian Network

“Guided by the light and love of Christ, The Gay Christian Network (GCN) is transforming attitudes toward LGBT people across denominations and cultures. We equip churches, educate lay people, build supportive communities, influence key thought leaders, foster self-acceptance, and advocate on behalf of the marginalized and oppressed.”

Donate now.  (GCN is a 501 C 3 organization)

Evangelicals for Social Action’s “Oriented to Love” Program

Kristyn Komarnicki, Director of Communications for ESA, has designed and implemented a dialogue about sexual diversity in the church, Oriented to Love, which has as its goal helping Christians of differing sexual and/or theological orientations know and understand each other rather than vilify and fight each other.  CFT’s Marg Herder  participated in one of the Oriented to Love dialogues and wrote about it here.

Donate here. (ESA is a 501 C 3 organization)

many voices

“As a Black church movement for gay and transgender justice, we envision a community that embraces the diversity of the human family and ensures that all are treated with love, compassion, and justice.”

Donate here.  (many voices is a 501 C 3 organization)