A central faith development issue for some will be their experience of gender and sexuality. Some women, for instance, leave the Southern Baptists because their call to ministry outweighs their allegiance to a denomination that refuses to ordain women. Likewise, a gay man might choose to find a spiritual home that affirms him for his faith and sexual orientation. The following list includes the major denominations that ordain women and provide ministry opportunities for lesbian, gay and bisexuals.
(*) indicates the recognition of currently practicing trans* and non-gender conforming clergy.
These are newer denominations which have gathered, in large part, to respond to the unique needs of LGBT Christians.
The following are existing or re-organized denominations which have voted to include LGBT Christians in worship. Further, they have voted either to ordain LGBT clergy, or at least not to exclude/remove LGBT clergy from the practice of ministry in their churches.
Religious Society of Friends - "Quakers" have no clergy though welcome trans religious leadership.(*)
The following denominations have significant congregational (though not denominational) support for LGBTQI communities. Linked here are the organizations within the denominations that seek to nurture their LGBT parishioners, or to equip and support LGBT clergy:
Church of the Brethren and The Mennonite Church
Community of Christ
Reformed Church in America
United Methodist Church*
The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry - Pacific School of Religion
Dottie's Magic Pockets - videos for young children with two moms
HeartStrong - helping LGBT people recover from spiritual abuse
LGBTran - LGBT religious archives network
Liberty Education Forum - training and research on LGBT issues
Silent and Undecided Friends - Motivating Greater LGBT Rights Advocacy Among Clergy and Congregations (.pdf)