The Bible Affirms series:
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” Quest exists to provide pastoral support to lesbian, gay and transgender Catholics.”
Supported by a network of local groups, each with its own flavour Quest offers opportunities for fellowship, friendship and support. Local groups are open to like minded people of faith and participation isn’t dependent on membership of (national) Quest. Quest runs an annual conference open to all. Visit the website for more information and to follow the Quest blog.
Quest provides information and opportunities for worship, spiritual retreats and supportive fellowship through our local groups.
Through our meetings with local bishops and other Catholic leaders, we promote LGBT inclusion in the life of the Church.
We also meet with other LGBT groups to promote a more rounded understanding of faith, and the possibility of one being both Catholic and openly LGBT.
More information about the local Quest group can be found on their page of the Quest website: http://questlgbti.uk/local-groups/east-midlands/
To get in touch with Quest East Midlands email the local group at: email@example.com
(The Religious Society of Friends) are welcoming to LGBT+ people as their basic beliefs include:
• All people are equal before God
• Each person is unique, precious, a child of God
There are two Quaker LGBT networks:
Quaker Lesbian Group (QLG) A welcoming nationwide group of lesbians who meet twice a year for a Gathering which is a weekend of friendship, discussion and support.
Contact : QLG Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org
Quaker Gender and Sexual Diversity Community (formerly Quaker Lesbian and Gay Fellowship) is a nationwide welcoming organisation which organises Gatherings.
See website QGSDC.org.uk
Our local Quaker Meeting is:
Leicester Quaker Meeting, Queens Road, Leicester LE2 1WP
Dignity and worth
This is the Methodist LGBT group
LEFT (LBTQI women Exploring Faith Together)
This is a group for all women – straight, lesbian, bi, trans and all who identify as women.
This is an online group, mainly aimed at young people.
Diverse Church Friends
The Sibyls is a UK-based confidential Christian spirituality group for transgender people, their partners and supporters. It seeks to fulfil the two great commandments of Jesus: To love God and love one another.
This is a Jewish LGBT+ group. They have been involved with developing resources covering Jewish LGBT+ inclusion. Their document The wellbeing of LGBT+ pupils in Orthodox Schools is excellent and very affirming.
The wellbeing of LGBT+ pupils in Orthodox Schools can be downloaded at:
The American Keshetonline has resources that may be helpful, but do not have direct UK relevance.
The word ‘Hidayah’ derives from the Arabic word for ‘guidance.’ Hidayah is a nationwide organisation for LGBTQI+ Muslims in the United Kingdom.
Their website can be accessed at hidayahlgbt.co.uk
Their twitter account is @HidayahLGBT
Their conference can be accessed at the hashtag #QueerIslam2019
Gathering Voices conferences
Their website is Gathering Voices
The 2018 conference is reported on my blog Gathering Voices 2018 Conference
Details of the 2019 conference will be added to the Upcoming events page, when they are announced.
Substance use disorders affect 20 to 30 percent of the LGBTQ population, compared to 8.4 percent of the general population, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. These alarming numbers stress a need for more substance use recovery programs that cater to LGBTQ individuals.
This organisation has a specific guide for LGBTQ people, which can be accessed here. It also specifically considers the Bible and faith based organisations and how they can support recovery.