LGBTQ+ stands for much more than homosexuality; it is an acronym encompassing a variety of sexual and gender minority people:
- Lesbian: a woman who is romantically and sexually attracted to other women.
- Gay: a person who is romantically and sexually attracted to people of their own gender (primarily used by men, but also preferred by some women).
- Bi-sexual: A person who is romantically and sexually attracted to both genders.
- Trans* (often transgender or transsexual): an umbrella term describing individuals who experience dissonance between their internal sense of gender and the biological sex they were assigned at birth. This may include those who transition from their assigned sex to the gender they experience (i.e. A male transitioning to a woman; a female transitioning to a man) or those who find themselves not fitting one gender binary or the other.
- Queer (or Questioning): Queer may describe a person whose sexual orientation or gender identity is left intentionally vague. Questioning refers to being unsure of your gender identity, being unsure of your sexual orientation, or both.
- The plus sign acknowledges that there are persons who identify with the LGBTQ people group, but don’t use any of the above labels.
At DMC, we want to encourage our congregations to welcome all persons into the church, including those who identify with and describe themselves as LGBTQ+.
When faith and sexuality intersect, there may be troubling and difficult questions relating to religious freedom and civil rights that arise. If to “do justice” means that LGBTQ+ people can flourish in their churches through the Lord’s shalom, then there are plenty of conversations that need to be encouraged.
Below are resources that may aid congregations as they navigate the tensions that may arise as we journey together with our LGBTQ+ siblings in Christ.
- Christian Reformed Church in North America: official position of the church and a link to resources, including the majority and minority report discussed at Synod 2016.
- New Direction Ministries, a Christian ministry nurturing safe and spacious places for sexual minority persons to explore and grow in faith in Jesus Christ.
- The Andrew Jacob Memorial Foundation, a foundation founded after the tragic suicide of Andrew Kerkhof, a young man who identified as LGBTQ+.
- Living Out, an organization headed by three Christian leaders who experience same-sex attraction.
- The Gay Christian Network, a nonprofit Christian ministry dedicated to building bridges and offering support for LGBTQ+ people.
- The Reformation Project, an American venture that began as a resource to train Christians to support and affirm LGBTQ+ people.
- Queer Theology, a supportive online community attempting to reconcile Christianity with the LGBTQ+ community.
- The Marin Foundation, a foundation that exists to build bridges between the LGBTQ+ community and communities of faith.
- PFLAG Canada, a national organization that helps all Canadians with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
- Youthline, a toll-free Ontario-wide peer-support phone line for LGBTQ+ young people.
Other Online Resources (blogs, vlogs, documentaries, etc.)
- Andrew Marin’s (the Marin Foundation) blog: “Love is an Orientation”
- Austen Hartke’s blog Lionheart, specifically his video blog series “Transgender and Christian”
- The 2007 documentary For the Bible Tells Me So, which strives to reconcile Christianity and homosexuality.
- Enough Room at the Table, a dialogue film set at the intersection of faith, gender, and sexuality.
Books (with links to Amazon.ca):
- Generous Spaciousness: Responding to Gay Christians in the Church by Wendy VanderWal-Gritter
- God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships by Matthew Vines
- Is God Anti-Gay? And Other Questions about Homosexuality, the Bible and Same-Sex Attraction by Sam Allberry
- Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationships by James V. Brownson
- Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-Vs.-Christians Debate by Justin Lee
- Love is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community by Andrew Marin
- People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality is Not Just an Issue by Preston Sprinkle
 Definitions adapted from http://sja.sdes.ucf.edu/docs/lgbtq-terminology.pdf (University of Central Florida)
* This page is meant to provide resources and provoke meaningful conversation, not articulate a position. The opinions expressed in the resources are not necessarily those held by DMC.