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FAITH

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WHAT WE DO

 
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When searching for a faith community, it is important to know you will be welcome for all of who you are.  Most of the world’s religions can be boiled down to the edict to love one another.  In that spirit, we hope to help you find spiritual homes that are affirming and welcoming. The resources on this page also link to national organizations to help find faith communities outside of Loudoun (great for travel and kids headed to college!) and online resources for support.  Equality Loudoun is working to reach out to Loudoun County Faith Groups to compile a list of affirming and welcoming places for spiritual growth. 

EQUALITY ALLIES

 

Equality Loudoun is focused on creating an inclusive and compassionate community that works against discrimination. Through our private-public partnership program, the Equality Allies, we are putting together the largest directory in Loudoun County of businesses, places of worship, medical and mental health providers, and other organizations that are ready to commit to an environmental based on equality and affirmation. 

 By creating a community that is not quiet in it's support, we can change this in Loudoun County by making clear our business leaders, faith leaders, and community leaders will not allow discrimination that prohibits queer people from living their lives freely and happily.

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RESOURCES

 

THE INSTITUTE FOR WELCOMING RESOURCES

IWR's mission is to create resources that support the unconditional welcome of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and their families in the church home of their choice. Denominational representatives of the Welcoming Church Movement created IWR in November 2002. The purpose of this ecumenical group is to provide the resources to facilitate a paradigm shift in multiple denominations whereby churches become welcoming and affirming of all congregants regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. IWR wants to help build church homes that are truly welcoming and nurturing, where everyone knows “they're okay, just like they are.” In early 2006, IWR became a program of the National LGBTQ Task Force, through a formal merger.

KESHET

Keshet envisions a world in which all LGBTQ Jews and our families can live with full equality, justice, and dignity. By strengthening Jewish communities and equipping Jewish organizations with the skills and knowledge they need to make all LGBTQ Jews feel welcome, we work to ensure the full equality of all LGBTQ Jews and our families in Jewish life. We also create spaces in which all queer Jewish youth feel seen and valued and advance LGBTQ rights nationwide.

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This website is provided by the Gay & Lesbian Vaishnava Association, a nonprofit religious organization offering positive information and support to LGBTI Vaishnavas and Hindus, their friends, and other interested persons.
 
GALVA-108 is an international organization dedicated to the teachings of Lord Caitanya, the importance of all-inclusiveness within His mission, and the Vedic concept of a natural third gender. Its purpose is to help educate Vaishnavas, Hindus and the public in general about the “third sex” as described in Vedic literatures. This knowledge will help correct many of the misconceptions people hold today concerning LGBTI people--lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and the intersexed. In addition, GALVA-108 hopes to provide a friendly and positive-oriented place where third-gender devotees and guests can associate together, discuss issues, address problems, encourage one another to learn more about Krsna consciousness and advance in spiritual life.

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN RELIGION & FAITH RESOURCES

Faith is a core part of civic life. Around the world, people look to their faith as a source of guidance, hope and inspiration — and LGBTQ+ people, as well as our families, friends and allies, are no different. In times of trial and in the face of rejection, LGBTQ+ people of faith have held onto our beliefs and traditions — and at times have formed new ones. We belong in every faith tradition across the world.