When I was struggling to reconcile my faith with my sexuality through my teen years and into my 20’s, I constantly struggled to find resources that would encourage me to embrace them both. There were many Christian resources that encouraged the ex-gay message, and there were many gay resources that didn’t talk about God or Jesus – and if they did, it was usually in hurt or anger.
This is why I wrote my book, STILL STACE: My Gay Christian Coming-of-Age Story. (Out now! Order now in Canada or the States! *Please use independent bookstores wherever possible!)
Thankfully now, there are some resources out there that deal specifically with reconciling faith and sexuality. Most of these resources will be at the back of my book, but I am posting them here as well as a permanent post. They are also available on the SheLoves website – along with this amazing webinar we did to talk about owning my gay Christian story!
If you come across others that have helped you, please let me know so I can add it to the list!
AFFIRMING CHURCHES IN BC: (And I MEAN affirming, queer friends!)
Open Door Church, Maple Ridge, BC (Tams and I are currrently members here, I am serving on their board!)
The Bridge Church, Abbotsford, BC
Open Way Church, Vancouver, BC
WEBSITES: (in alphabetical order)
CanyonWalker Connections (Kathy Baldock)
GayChristian.net (coming soon from Justin Lee!)
Q Christian Fellowship (QCF)
Affirmation Guide for Trans & Gender-Expansive Identities (via QCF)
The Reformation Project
BOOKS: (in alphabetical order)
*Please use independent bookstores wherever possible!
Bad Theology Kills: Undoing Toxic Belief & Reclaiming Your Spiritual Authority by Kevin Garcia
Changing Our Mind: Definitive 3rd Edition of the Landmark Call for Inclusion of LGBTQ Christians by David P Gushee
Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America by Jeff Chu
Embracing the Journey: A Christian Parents’ Blueprint to Loving Your LGBTQ Child by Greg and Lynn McDonald
God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships by Matthew Vines
Outlove by Julie Rodgers
Queerfully and Wonderfully Made: A Guide for LGBTQ+ Christian Teens edited by Leigh Finke
Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate by Justin Lee
Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians by Austen Hartke
Unashamed: A Coming Out Guide for LGBTQ Christians by Amber Cantorna
Unclobber: Rethinking Our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality by Colby Martin
Undivided: Coming Out, Becoming Whole, and Living Free from Shame by Vicky Beeching
Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach between the Church and the LGBT Community by Kathy Baldock