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IFB and the LGBTQ+ Community

Updated: Feb 1

When all they have is hate, where does that leave you?

Leaving the IFB is hard enough but add to that coming out and it's a whole different world. Not only do you lose your family, friends, and community by leaving the faith but you also might struggle with coming to terms with who you are.


We know that the IFB teaches that all gay people are going to Hell and are an abomination to God and will burn in Hell for eternity. You are not permitted to have gay friends and gay people are not allowed to attend or become members of a church.


Having been raised that way, it might be difficult to accept yourself and deprogram your brain from these rules. Self-acceptance and self-love could be a struggle.


So, if you haven't found your community yet or don't even know where to start, we've put together some resources to help you. Know that you are not alone and there are people waiting to help.


Organizations Offering Support & Information for the LGBTQ Community:


Mama Bears to the Rescuesponsored by the Mama Bears organization Moms of LGBTQ kids who are available to do small acts of kindness for LGBTQ+ people who need support and encouragement. The Mama Bears do things such as attend a wedding as an affirming stand in mom, visit someone in the hospital, help someone get settled in a new area, provide some transportation, include someone in their holiday gatherings, provide temporary housing, send a note of encouragement, talk on the phone etc


The Trevor Project – The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential lifeline, in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy.


PFLAG: Parent, Families and Friends of Lesbians and GaysPFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.


Human Rights Campaign – Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equal Rights.


Financial and Social Resources for Homeless LGBTQ+ YouthMoneyGeek has published “Financial and Social Resources for Homeless LGBTQ+ Youth. Their guide includes: Practical advice on how LGTBQ+ youth can navigate homelessness and find help. Information on housing and financial assistance at the national and state level. Facts about the issue of LGTBQ+ youth homelessness to raise awareness of its how common it is and the impact of homelessness on young people.


Freedom for All Americans – Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people nationwide.


National Center for Lesbian Rights – The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.


Gender Spectrum – Gender Spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens. Gender Spectrum has been working to create a more gender-inclusive world since their founding in 2006. They are committed to helping families, organizations, and institutions increase understandings of gender and consider the implications that evolving views have for each of us.


Christian LGBT – A site with a lot of resources for Christians including resources specifically for parents.


GLADLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders


Family Acceptance Project – The Family Acceptance Project® is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. We use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially and religiously diverse families to support their LGBT children.


Everyone Is Gay – Everyone Is Gay works to improve the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA) youth using a three-pronged approach: providing honest advice to these youth while keeping them laughing; talking to students in an effort to create caring, compassionate school environments; and working with families & educators of LGBTQIA kids to help foster an ongoing dialogue and deeper understanding.


GLAADGLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.


GLSENthe mission of GLSEN is to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.


Lamda Legal – The nation’s oldest and largest legal organization working for the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV/AIDS.


ACLU – For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.


Give A Damn – The Give a Damn Campaign is for everybody who cares about GLBT equality. Whether you’re already an active supporter, want to show your support for the first time, or hadn’t given equality a lot of thought before and now want to learn more, we are here to help you get informed about the issues and get involved, at a pace that works for you.

Trans Family Support Services – works with families all over the country to guide them along the gender journey.


Trans-ParentingTrans-Parenting is an organization dedicated to providing support and educational resources to parents and their advocates (pediatricians, mental health professionals, lawyers, schools, friends, family, and churches) raising a gender-independent child.


TransfaithTransfaith is a national non-profit, led by transgender people, that works to support transgender spiritual/cultural workers and their leadership in community. They work closely with many allied organizations, secular, spiritual, and religious, transgender-led and otherwise.


The Visibility ProjectA national portrait and video collection dedicated to the Queer Asian American women & trans community. The Visibility Project breaks barriers through powerful imagery and storytelling.


Believe Out LoudBelieve Out Loud is an online network that empowers Christians to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. We elevate the people and places where Christianity and LGBT justice intersect.


COLAGECOLAGE unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities.


SoulforceSoulforce’s goal is to turn this world upside down and inside out in the name of justice and equity for folks across all marginalized racial, sexual, and gender identities. They seek to do the kind of collective activism that makes our souls burst as we free ourselves from spiritual violence.


Trans Family Support Services – works with families all over the country to guide them along the gender journey.

The Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386 The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255 (online chat available) The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741 Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.


The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline: (888) 843-4564 The GLBT National Youth Talkline (youth serving youth through age 25): (800) 246-7743 Both provide telephone, online private one-to-one chat and email peer-support, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States.


Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860 Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive.


Source: https://serendipitydodah.wordpress.com/2021/09/29/lgbtq-crisis-support-hotlines-and-resources/



 

IFB Overcomers is an online resource for those who have left Independent Fundamentalism and are looking to heal and discover themselves. With a podcast, webinars, forum, blog and resources, we hope to help retrain your heart and mind from the mindset of the IFB and help you not only survive but overcome and then thrive!

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