Gays and Spiritual Space



There has often been friction between religious institutions and gay, bi, lesbian, and trans folks. However many of us desire and pursue spiritual fulfilment within religious organizations. For those among us who seek it out, how do we navigate the minefield of the spiritual landscape to deal with those anti-LGBT churches and religions to find a religious ideology and congregation that satisfies our longing for spiritual fulfillment?  Is it easier to undergo that journey successfully in some religions over others?  Or in some regions over others; for example, is it easier to find somewhere accepting in regions where church attendance is a common community practice, such as in these states?

Moreover, within our own community we encounter a wide array of spiritual and non-spiritual beliefs. There are LGBT specific spaces being carved out in a myriad of Judeo-Christian as well as other religious sects; the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) website has a very comprehensive list here. Our community also has a higher predisposition toward being non-religious.  A 2014 Gallup poll found that LGBT Americans are significantly more likely to identify as not religious, and American Atheists even sponsors two ‘LGBT Atheist Activism’ scholarships.

LGBT populations are already so rich with diversity in our backgrounds, race, sex, etc. and the array of forms our spiritual (or nonspiritual) journeys take are no less diverse. So let’s come together this Friday at 8:30pm and discuss how our individual and collective experiences and relationships with religion further strengthen and enrich our LGBT DC-metro community.

Gay District meets at The DC Center, located inside the Reeves building at 2000 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20009.  Attendees will need to enter the Reeves building via the “Exit” doors on 14th Street, facing McDonald’s. We encourage attendees to bring their photo ID to gain access inside the building. If you do not have or are unable to present a photo ID, please contact the DC Center at (202) 682-2245.

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