Institute for Welcoming Resources

The purpose of this ecumenical group is to provide the resources to facilitate a paradigm shift in multiple denominations whereby churches become welcoming and affirming of all congregants regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. IWR wants to help build church homes that are truly welcoming and nurturing, where everyone knows “they're okay, just like they are.”
Denominational representatives of the Welcoming Church Movement created IWR in November 2002. In early 2006, IWR became a program of the National LGBTQ Task Force, through a formal merger.

National LGBTQ Task Force

WRN LGBT Newsfeed

LGBT-tagged articles from a comprehensive news service covering a wide variety of faiths: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Scientology, Janism, Wicca, and so on.

World Religion News

RNS LGBT & Religion Newsfeed

The LGBT Newsfeed from Religion News Service. RNS aims to be the largest single source of news about religion, spirituality and ideas. We strive to inform, illuminate and inspire public discourse on matters relating to belief and convictions. RNS is an independent, nonprofit and award-winning source of global news on religion, spirituality, culture and ethics, reported by a staff of professional journalists. Founded in 1934, RNS seeks to inform readers with objective reporting and insightful commentary, and is relied upon by secular and faith-based news organizations in a number of countries. RNS is affiliated with the Missouri School of Journalism.

Religion News Service

LGBT & Religion Newsfeed

Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Huffington Post: LGBT and Religion

Huffington Post Newsfeed for LGBT and Religion

Huffington Post

GLAAD Religion, Faith & Values Program

GLAAD's Religion, Faith & Values program works to amplify the voices of LGBT-affirming communities of faith and LGBT people of faith. The program has successfully coordinated press conferences for religious leaders who speak out in support of LGBT issues and has secured national and religious media interest in stories that bring examples of LGBT equality in faith communities to Americans. The program has trained openly LGBT and LGBT-supportive ministers, faith groups and individuals from a wide range of religions to share their stories in their local congregations and throughout mainstream media.


College Guide for LGBTQ Students

A general guide for LGBTQ students contemplating college. Sections include: Common Difficulties Faced by LGBTQ Students; Finding the Right School; Applying for College; Life on Campus; Organizations and Resources; Legal Rights. Includes interviews with industry professionals from a variety of fields, including mental health counseling and LGBTQ advocacy.

Best Colleges

College Scholarships For LGBTQ Students

Scholarships established for LGBT college students are available from several public and private organizations, as well as individual donors. Some welcome all LGBT applicants, while others may focus on specific subgroups. Check out our list of LGBT scholarships below for more details. Includes General Scholarships, Discipline-Specific Scholarships, and Demographic-Based Scholarships.

Best Colleges

HRC State Equality Indiex

A State-by-State Summary of LGBTQ Laws and Policies. Updated Annually
The State Equality Index (SEI) is a comprehensive state-by-state report that provides a review of statewide laws and policies that affect LGBTQ people and their families. The SEI rates all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. in six areas of law and assigns the states to one of four distinct categories. Check your state's scorecard by texting SEI to 472472 from your mobile phone. (msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to quit, HELP for info.)

Human Rights Campaign

North Carolina 2017 State Equality Index Scorecard

Summarizes status of NC laws with respect to LGBTQ Hate Crimes, Health & Safety, Parenting, Youth, Non-Discrimination, Relationship Recognition and Religious Refusal,

Human Rights Campaign

Durham Starbucks first in Southeast to be LGBTQ ‘Safe Place’

Describes implementation of Safe Space program in Durham NC and LGBTQ Police Liaison

Herald Sun

Historic Hate Crime Bill Filed in North Carolina General Assembly

Equality NC comments on the filing of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, SB 794. The bill, if passed, would increase the scope of North Carolina’s hate crimes statute, mandate a reporting database at the State Bureau of Investigation, and require training for law enforcement and prosecutors.

Equality NC
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