"I love church and the feelings it brings out, but it's like a line from the play: "How do you embrace something that doesn't embrace you?" How do you separate spirituality from religion? I still haven't really worked that out in my life. There's a couple of break-up scenes in the play, but none is as painful as breaking with the church."
Playright Del Shores, excerpt from interview in Creative Loafing
April 11, 2007
Ex-Gay and Reparative Therapies
For more than a quarter-century, the major professional associations of mental health practitioners and researchers in the United States have recognized that homosexuality is not a mental illness. They are highly critical of attempts to change sexual orientation. The American Psychiatric Association's official web site notes that: "There is no published scientific evidence supporting the efficacy of 'reparative therapy' as a treatment to change one’s sexual orientation, nor is it included in the APA's Task Force Report,Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders.
The American Library Association provides extensive information on published books for the LGBTQ community for exploring religious and spiritual lives. Check the MC Quest or ask a MC Librarian if these books are in the MC Library.
DignityUSA envisions and works for a time when Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Catholics are affirmed and experience dignity through the integration of their spirituality with their sexuality, and as beloved persons of God participate fully in all aspects of life within the Church and Society.
Out In Scripture is a collection of over 175 conversations about the Bible. With the skilled help of 100 diverse scholars and pastors, from over 11 different denominations, you will discover a fresh approach to Scripture
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Religious Archives Network (LGBT-RAN) coordinates and supports the identification, collection and preservation of personal papers and organizational records from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender religious movement
Since its founding in 1968, MCC has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing important issues such as racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, and other forms of oppression. MCC has been on the forefront in the struggle towards marriage equality in the US and other countries worldwide and continues to be a powerful voice in the LGBT equality movement.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force publishes reports and research on a variety of topics related to the LGBTQ community including information related to anti-gay industry, campus issues, faith, hate crimes, marriage, parenting/family, transgender issues, and youth.
Founded in 2001, the Religious Institute is a multifaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society. The Religious Institute has emerged as the national leadership organization working at the intersection of sexuality and religion.
The Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance, attempts to serve the people of the United States and Canada in four area: disseminating accurate religious information; exposing religious fraud, hatred and misinformation; disseminating information on dozens of "hot" religious topics; and promoting religious tolerance.
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. The web site has an expanding number of resources focusing and sexuality, marriage, and gender issues.