Gay New Yorkers want to hear support and encouragement from Christian leaders. In the search for community, we cannot forget the spiritual community. Fortunately, New York boasts several worshipping communities ready and willing to provide a spiritual home for gay people. More and more people of faith, churches and entire denominations are actively welcoming, embracing and advocating for LGBT equality. St. Francis Xavier holds meetings for gay and lesbian Catholics and marches in the New York Gay Pride Parade; Pastor Jay Bakker, son of evangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker and outspoken advocate for LGBT people, leads Revolution NYC, a church that meets in a bar in Brooklyn; and Trinity Lutheran Church in the Upper West Side and Metropolitan Community Church of New York both operate queer youth homeless shelters in their church buildings.
NEXT Magazine wanted to hear about LGBT Christians in New York City, and we were happy to oblige.