Welcoming to All - Gay-Friendly

We stand on the side of love

UU congregations welcome people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and their families who enjoy our open, honest, and caring community. We have been called "the gay-friendly church" though our congregations don't all use "church" in their name to embrace a diversity of beliefs and backgrounds.

We’re guided by our first principle that respects “the inherent worth and dignity of every person”. That applies equally to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Love is the covenant of our faith, but not a romantic love (though our member may seek it & find it with us); we covenant to a radical, "gut-wrenching" love that embraces all.

We are intentional with a Welcoming Congregation program that affirms that we are inclusive and accepting.

We openly ordain ministers who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender.

We offer education and social opportunities to families of gay couples and individuals, besides spiritual growth for youth and all ages and a chance to serve others to find your place in the world and celebrate life.

We’re committed to protecting LGBT legal and civil rights.

We’re on the forefront of the same sex marriage debate and we advocate for each person to marry the partner of his or her choice.

We’ve been advocating for the rights of LGBT persons for over thirty years. This is what we do... this is who we are... as a religious people.


Additional information:

Welcoming Congregation information from a local congregation

"I think that I left church at 13 because I was gay.... Being gay brought me back to church too, and I am relearning what it means to be part of a spiritual community." A Welcoming Congregation sermon from a local congregation

Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Community from the Unitarian Universalist Association

LGBT Committee Statement of Purpose from a local congregation

Videos from the UU Stand on the Side of Love campaign

UU Music includes songs that support lgbt love, marriage and life Standing on the Side of Love, Honest to God I'm Gay, Everything Possible