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Religion and Spirituality Resources

for the East Bay (Contra Costa & Alameda Counties) and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Challenging the Ex-Gay Movement: An Information Packet.
Co-published by Political Research Associates, Equal Partners in Faith, and
The Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Frequently Asked Questions: PFLAG Welcoming Faith Communities 
http://community.pflag.org/Page.aspx?pid=828

 National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Institute for Welcoming Resources.
The latest news and resources relating to faith issues:  
http://www.welcomingresources.org/news.htm 

Faith in Our Families: Parents, Families and Friends Talk About Religion and Homosexuality.

Discovering that a family member or friend is gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans­gender (GLBT) can pose new questions about your faith and may prompt you to re-evaluate beliefs that you previously took for granted. If a family member or friend has come out, you may wonder if this discovery will influence your religious beliefs or your relationship with your faith community. 

You probably have many questions: How will this knowledge affect your faith? How will other members of your family or community react to your GLBT loved one? What does this mean for your day-to-day religious life? How will this information affect the religious beliefs of your family? How will your religious traditions — weddings, births and coming-of-age ceremonies — be affected?

If you have found yourself asking these or other questions, read on. The follow­ing pages highlight the stories of members of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) who have faced similar questions and concerns. 

This new journey may be difficult at first as many people have been taught to not question their faith tradition. It is OK to ask questions both about your loved one’s sexual orientation as well as your faith community. PFLAG encour­ages you to explore different interpretations of scripture. Widely respected biblical scholars disagree about the interpretations of the scriptures. Passages about homosexuality are no exception. 

Many PFLAG members have found that our three-part mission of support, ed­ucation and advocacy provides a map for reflection and action. Many approach the issue of religion and homosexuality by analyzing religious texts. They seek to find answers in the Bible, Koran, Torah and elsewhere. There are, however, many interpretations of any text. This publication does not provide textual in­terpretation. Rather, we offer personal experiences that show how people from a variety of faiths have come to terms with a loved one’s sexual orientation. 

Hearing stories of how others have dealt with issues similar to your own may help you strengthen your relationship with GLBT loved ones in your life. This is only the beginning of your journey. PFLAG can connect you with other people and families that have faced and tackled issues similar to your own.
Click here to read the complete PFLAG article.

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