Not every camper can attend camp but it is so important for youth, parents, and others to get information about GLBTQ life, faith, and community. We recommend the following organizations and resources. Please note the following disclaimers about this page:
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Books and Print Resources
- Made, Known, Loved: Developing LGBTQ-Inclusive Youth Ministry, By Ross Murray. This book is based on nearly 20 years of experience running The Naming Project and provides both practical and theological advice about ministry with LGBTQ youth.
- Queerfully and Wonderfully Made: A Guide for LGBTQ+ Christian Teens, Edited by Leigh Finke. This handbook for LGBTQ youth provides insight and support from LGBTQ+ professionals, as well as testimonies from young adult queer Christians who will share that God loves you exactly as you are.
- Welcoming and Affirming: A Guide to Supporting and Working with LGBTQ+ Christian Youth, Edited by Leigh Finke. A companion piece to Queerfully and Wonderfully Made is a handbook for pastors, youth workers, church leaders, educators, and other adults in Christian settings, the book provides answers to the most pressing questions about sexuality, gender, mental health, safe sex, and more.
- God and the Gay Christian, By Matthew Vines. Not only is it a compelling interpretation of key biblical texts about same-sex relations, it is also the story of a young man navigating relationships with his family, his hometown church, and the Christian church at large as he expresses what it means to be a faithful, gay Christian.
- Walking the Bridgeless Canyon, By Kathy Baldock. For those who are wondering how they might enter into productive and respectful conversations about the intersection of faith and sexual orientation or gender identity, this book offers the resources and tools needed to make informed and wise, Christ-centered choices.
Denominational LGBTQ Organizations
- Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Interests
- Dignity USA – Catholic
- Integrity – Episcopalian
- Metropolitan Community Church – The only denomination founded specifically to minister to GLBT individuals, their families, and allies.
- More Light Presbyterians
- Reconciling Ministries Network – United Methodist
- ReconcilingWorks – Lutheran
- Room for All – Reformed Church of America
Web Sites of Interest
- TNP on Facebook – Join us on Facebook to follow the latest news, learn what we are up to, and spread the word.
- Q Christian Fellowship – An Online Network for LGBTQ Christians. It is a highly moderated discussion board, so it is quite safe for youth under the age of 18. There are several precautions in place to protect all members, so youth can participate in discussions.
- Institute for Welcoming Resources – This website includes a variety of resources for parents, families, and people interested in learning more about GLBT and faith life. There are helpful books to purchase as well.
- Soulforce – Freedom for LGBTQ people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance.
- The Reformation Project – The Reformation Project exists to train Christians to support and affirm LGBT people. It strives to create an environment in which Christian leaders will have the freedom to take the next steps toward affirming and including LGBT people in all aspects of church life.
- Beloved Arise – Beloved Arise is a movement dedicated to LGBTQIA+ youth of faith. Through programs like Queer Youth of Faith Day, and storytelling initiatives, they build relationships, offer support, and inspire youth to embrace life to the fullest.
Groups and Meetings
- Trinity Place Shelter (New York City) Trinity Place Shelter’s mission is to help homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning youth in New York City to safely transition out of the shelter system and grow into independent, positive, and productive adults.
- Attic Youth Center (Philadelphia) The Attic Youth Center creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth in the Philadelphia area to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society.
- Montrose Grace Place (Houston) Montrose Grace Place is an organization that serves homeless youth in the Montrose area of Houston.
- Camp Aranu’tiq – Camp Aranu’tiq is a new weeklong summer camp for transgender and gender-variant youth in the New England area.
- Camp fYrefly – Camp fYrefly is Canada’s only national leadership retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, questioning, and allied youth.
- Spiritual Pride Project – The Spiritual Pride Project is a weekend retreat where both sexuality and spirituality are seen as equally valuable gifts from God.
- Camp Lightbulb – Camp Lightbulb is a week long, overnight summer camp for LGBTQ youth in Provincetown, MA.