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In this guide, you will find various resources that could be helpful if you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender, and leaving an evangelical community. Maybe you’re done with everything to do with church and faith, or maybe there is some kind of active connection you’d like to have one day. The resources you will find in this guide range from services that you may need such as counseling, to others that can help you begin to imagine and make manifest a life outside of the evangelical church. There will be resources to help you find new communities and ways of being that are affirmative and celebratory of your gender and/or sexuality, and that make space for you as a queer person to explore and experiment, and find pleasure and comfort.
What You Will Find
There are are three main sections in this LibGuide:
- Community: It can be really hard to leave an evangelical community because of the relationships you have, but the Community section will offer some ways to find new communities and build new relationships that can be healthy and affirmative to gender and/or sexuality.
- Healthcare: There may be specific medical or physical needs you have that cannot be addressed by going to a regular doctor, or if you do not have community or family support. The Healthcare section is about pointing you to organizations that work with queer people.
- Media: Evangelical communities often teach us that their way of living is the only way, and imagining and going after anything beyond that can be difficult; the Media section provides different stories of spirituality and gender and sexuality that can help you move past the narrow view of evangelical communities.
Crisis Intervention Hotlines
If you need to speak to someone right away:
- GLBT National Hotline
- Trans Lifeline
- Trevor Project Hotline for LGBT Youth
- National Sexual Assault Hotline
- National Suicide Prevention
- U.S. National Domestic Abuse Hotline