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Transgender Fact Sheet

“The transgender experience deserves and requires its own focus,” writes Rev. Chris Glaser in his introduction to Gender Identity & Our Faith Communities (2009), a faith-based curriculum from the Human Rights Campaign. “Though it is appropriate to link [all] LGBT experience because all of us endure discrimination and abuse for not fitting society’s gender expectations, […]

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Fact Sheet on LGBTQ Families

There is no single model of an “LGBT family.” There are families led by an LGBT parent or parents, LGBT couples without children, families that parent gender-variant or intersex children, and families that include LGBT sons, daughters, cousins, grandchildren and other relations. There also is no telling how many LGBT families there are. One measure […]

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Fact Sheet on LGBT Youth

A surprisingly high number of teenagers involved in religious communities (up to 14%, according to one national studyClapp, Steve, Kristen Leverton Helbert and Angela Zizak. Faith Matters: Teenagers, Religion, and Sexuality (Fort Wayne, IN: LifeQuest, 2003), 96.) identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual. But only a fraction of them discuss their sexuality with their clergy […]

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Fact Sheet on Intersex People

Intersex individuals are people who have atypical development of reproductive or sexual anatomy, including (but not limited to) external genitals that are not easily classified as male or female, incomplete development of internal reproductive organs, variations of the sex chromosomes, overproduction or underproduction of sex-related hormones, and abnormal development of the testes or ovaries. Intersex is […]

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Fact Sheet on Bisexual Persons

Bisexual people are individuals with emotional, and/or sexual attractions toward people of more than one sex or gender. Bisexuality is a enduring sexual orientation, like homosexuality or heterosexuality. Today, researchers understand that sexual orientation is more complex than sexual behaviors alone. The Religious Institute defines sexual orientation as an individual’s enduring romantic, emotional, or sexual attractions […]

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Fact Sheet on Lesbians & Gay Men

In San Francisco in 1964, the Council on Religion and the Homosexual was created “out of the growing awareness on the part of clergymen of the extent to which homosexuals had been shut out of the church and society.” “Exhibit: The Council on Religion and the Homosexual,” LGBT Religious Archives Network, http://www.lgbtran.org/Exhibits/CRH/Exhibit.aspx Since then, virtually […]

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Facts on Support for Sexuality Education

Americans overwhelmingly favor responsible and comprehensive sexuality education that includes accurate information about abstinence and contraception, including:Lake, Snell, Perry and Associates, National Survey on Religion and Choice (Washington, D.C.: Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, 2000). 76% of those who identify as Protestants 85% of those who identify as Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Lutheran, or United Church of […]

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