Millions of gay people around the world are also deeply religious. In some of the major religions, lay organizations have grown to help serve LGBT parishioners who might struggle to reconcile their identities with the teachings of their faith traditions. Here is a list of some of those groups based in the United States. This bias has produced untold levels of damage to many children of God and has caused many to abandon their faith traditions or commit suicide.
Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement — Equality Network
We want to see all that energy, commitment and vision combined to bring about real and lasting change. LGCM has been working for more than 40 years to lobby for the full inclusion of gay, lesbian and bisexual people in the life of Christian churches, while Changing Attitude has focused on the Church of England for two decades. A spokesperson for Changing Attitude, Jeremy Timm, said: "This is a really exciting opportunity for us to further LGCM and Changing Attitude's work, to make ourselves a resource and a force for change in the Churches as they continue in their journey of understanding in relation to sexuality and gender. Jeremy Pemberton, LGCM's chair of trustees and a Church of England clergyman who in December lost a claim he was discriminated against when his licence to practise was removed after he married his gay partner, said the new merger would bring transformation for LGBT people in the Church. The new movement will be uniquely placed to resource that kind of transformation.
In , local chapters were organised, followed in by the Women's Group, the Evangelical Fellowship in and Young Lesbian and Gay Christians in The name was eventually changed to the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement in The twentieth-anniversary event, held on 16 November at Southwark Cathedral, with John Gladwin then Bishop of Guildford as preacher, was the first Anglican cathedral service in Britain held for gay people.
As support for same-sex marriage has increased, other attitudes about homosexuality have changed as well. These opinions represent a shift over the past decade, even if in some cases the short-term changes have been modest. That is little changed since , but much higher than in the early s. Slightly more people now say they know a lot of gays or lesbians than did so two years ago.