Faith is an important part of many LGBT people’s lives. However, the misconception that LGBT people cannot belong within faith communities has been deeply damaging.
Stonewall research found that a third of lesbian, gay and bi people of faith (32 per cent) aren’t open with anyone in their faith community about their sexual orientation. One in four trans people of faith (25 per cent) aren’t open about who they are in their faith community.
Stonewall will continue to stand with LGBT people of all faiths. Building an equal society is about ensuring that everyone in that society can access equality. We cannot leave people behind – we must ensure we are standing for, and by, everyone in our community.
Read the full Stonewall statement Ruth Hunt, our former CEO, gave in 2019 around faith here.
Faith-based groups and organisations
Here are the details of groups and organisations that can provide community and support:
Diverse Church is a supportive community of over 600 LGBT+ Christians in the UK and Ireland. They aim to be a pastoral/mission resource for the wider church so that LGBT+ people do not give up on God or life.
Fateh is a source of support for LGBT Sikhs.
Kolot HaKeshet is a project that provides training on campaigning and messaging skills to enable LGBTI+ Jews to push for inclusion within Jewish communities.
Hidayah's mission is to provide support and welfare for LGBTQI+ Muslims and promote social justice and education about the Muslim LGBTQI+ community to counter discrimination, prejudice and injustice.
House of Rainbow (HOR) fosters relationships among Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer (LGBTIQ+) individuals, people of faith and allies in order to create a safer and more inclusive community.
Humanists UK promote humanism as a rational, naturalistic worldview that trusts the scientific method as the most reliable route to truth and encourages a moral and ethical life based on logic, reason and compassion. They campaign for equality and diversity, particularly relating to sexual orientation and identity – both in the UK and internationally.
Imaan is a national LGBTQ Muslim charity.
Keshet is a national organisation that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life.
LGBTQ Women & Trans Meditation Group is a monthly Buddhist meditation group at the West London Buddhist Centre.
Queer Spirit London is a Radical Faerie group running events on LGBT+ spirituality.
Quest exists to provide pastoral support to lesbian, gay, bi, and transgender Catholics.
Rainbow Pagans UK and Ireland is an association of LGBTQ+ Pagan groups and individuals in the UK and Ireland.
Sarbat is a London-based international organisation for LGBT Sikhs.
Other useful sources of support
You can find other groups and contacts through Stonewall's online database What's In My Area.
For further information please contact Stonewall's Information Service.