LGBT Religion 101

Over the last fifty years, people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) have become increasingly more visible in North Atlantic societies and in some other parts of the world as well. In the United States today, openly LGBT people are found in nearly every town and city, vocation and profession, in news and entertainment media, and in political life.LGBT people have also been more visible in some (though certainly not all) religious institutions and faith communities.

While this greater visibility has brought greater understanding about the lives and concerns of LGBT people, many faith communities still have questions and are often confused about the religious issues associated with diverse human sexualities and gender identities. In addition to the host of materials found elsewhere on this website (especially in the resource library), we have collected several introductory materials for those who may be new to thinking about religion and faith in relation to LGBT people and families.

The first two documents are short responses to some of the most frequently asked questions about these topics. The first responds to some of the persistent fictions about the Bible in relation to LGBT people. The second offers responses to the most frequently asked questions concerning marriage equality.

The other two documents expand on the first two by providing, first, a short essay on the latest biblical scholarship concerning human sexuality and gender, and second, an essay on the Bible and same-gender marriage.


Bible Fictions and Facts.pdf77.88 KB
Marriage Equality and Religion FAQ.pdf84.91 KB
Biblical Sexuality and Gender.pdf576.82 KB
Bible and Same Gender Marriage Tolbert.pdf384.34 KB