How do I tell my faith community about my loved one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity?

Start by thinking about how your faith community views LGBTQ people. Think about the conversations you’ve had with fellow congregants and the kinds of preaching you’ve heard about LGBTQ people during services. If your community is open and welcoming, it’s likely that you will find a strong support system among clergy and faith leaders. Other situations can be dicier, since an individual congregation’s stance may run contrary to their denomination as a whole, or may be split on their attitudes toward people who are LGBTQ. Finding someone you can trust can be a helpful source of perspective and help.

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