We are a coalition of organizations that are teaming up to promote LGBT inclusion & equality.
California Faith for Equality is dedicated to educating, supporting, and mobilizing California’s faith communities to promote equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and to safeguard religious freedom. Our network of congregation, organizations, and faith leaders work together to strengthen the critical role of faith communities in the broader LGBT equality and justice movements, increase the visibility of LGBT supportive faith leaders in the media and their capacity to advocate in the public arena, provide cutting-edge research and tools at the intersection of religion and LGBT equality, train congregational leaders to make LGBT equality a concrete and ongoing part of their messages and programs, and equip secular organizations and activists to engage people of faith, and heal the rift between faith communities and LGBT people.
The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) was established at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California and opened its doors in the fall of 2000. The Center serves three distinct but overlapping constituencies: the world of academic religious scholarship; faith communities; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and organizations. All programming is devoted to carrying out the Center’s fundamental mission: To advance the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people and to transform faith communities and the wider society by taking a leading role in shaping a new public discourse on religion and sexuality through education, research, community building and advocacy.
The Coalition of Welcoming Congregations (CWC) helps congregations to bring spirituality out of the closet by encouraging them to engage in the “best practices” of inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and questioning individuals into their spiritual communities and to engage in what we call “sacred activism”, which is to take their spiritual convictions for social justice / public witness outside the walls of their meeting space. The aim of the CWC is to bring together religious leaders, LGBT people of faith and their allies from a wide range of religious traditions in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area to form a progressive, effective and media-savvy voice on matters relating to sexuality and religion, homophobia, and the enfranchisement of LGBT people within society as a whole. By creating a strong network of congregations and local faith communities of various religious traditions and denominations throughout the Bay Area, the CWC connects local religious leaders, religious congregations/communities, and individuals of faith who are highly motivated to act as agents of positive social change. In addition, the CWC provides a powerful tool for like-minded individuals to ally themselves with other LGBT people of faith and their allies and to make known their views in the current public debates concerning religion, sexuality, and LGBT people.
Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots, volunteer-driven organization dedicated solely to achieving civil marriage equality for all, without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity, at the state and federal level. MEUSA works towards this goal through grassroots organizing, education, action and partnerships. MEUSA began the Valentine’s Day Counter Actions and now coordinates with multiple partners to empower individuals and organizations to participate across the country.
Progressive Christians Uniting is committed to inspiring and equipping individuals and communities for courageous leadership in the 21st century. We are a growing Southern California network of individuals and congregations seeking to express and embody a version of Christianity that looks more like the religion of Jesus than the religion of empire. Over the years, the organization has been supported by several hundred individual donors, regional conferences and judicatories, and congregations throughout Greater Los Angeles, as well as by significant foundation support for its criminal justice reform project and for other specific projects.
The Umoja Project convenes conversations with African-American clergy and community leaders about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) welcome and inclusion though safe, non-threatening dialogue. Umoja explores the diversity of human sexuality and gender expression and the tension that sometimes exists within African-American faith communities in relation to LGBT individuals. The unique approach of the project is to build connections between the contemporary issues facing LGBT people and how the Christian scriptures really do support the inclusion and protection of this population. The Umoja Project highlights the spiritual, social and emotional impact of exclusion has on lives of our family and community members.