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Faith Issues

There are many churches and people of faith that are loving and accepting of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. And there are certainly those who are not, as exemplified by anti-LGBT evangelists you might have seen on television or heard on the radio.

Many gay people are religious and active in their own faith communitiesbecause they, along with many straight people, believe "we are all God's children." When someone in your life comes out as LGBT, it's up to you to explore and question how your faith and place of worship is inclusive of others. For some this means working for change within their faith community. For others it might mean leaving one church for a place of worship that accepts everyone.

For lists of LGBT-affirming organizations serving people of faith and resources on reconciling issues of faith with LGBT issues, check out the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, theNational Religious Leadership Roundtable, the Interfaith Alliance and GLAAD's Religion, Faith & Values program.