2SLGBTQIA+ and Religion
The views that many faiths hold about the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities have been talked about a lot lately.
Some faiths have welcomed the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities and others have not. In some cases, individual congregations or spiritual leaders have expressed support for the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities despite the views of others in their faith.
Some 2SLGBTQIA+ people feel a lot of frustration and disappointment about the views that their faiths hold about 2SLGBTQIA+ people. Some choose to stop practicing their faith because of those beliefs. Other 2SLGBTQIA+ people choose to continue practicing their faith even if it is not supportive of 2SLGBTQIA+ people because they find it rewarding in other ways.
Ultimately faith and spirituality are choices that you have to make for yourself.
Depending on where you live and what your faith is, it may be difficult for you to find a welcoming faith group or spiritual leader in your area. SPECTRUM’s Rainbow Pages has a section called “Spiritual” that is a good place to start for those in the Waterloo Region. 2SLGBTQIA+ and 2SLGBTQIA+ affirming members of many faith groups have established virtual communities to provide support to 2SLGBTQIA+ people around the world. If you are aware of a faith group that is 2SLGBTQIA+ affirming and that we’ve forgotten to list, please let us know about it!
It may also be helpful for you to speak with a family member, counsellor, or someone else that you trust about your feelings about your spiritual or religious beliefs.
Here are some 2SLGBTQIA+ Muslim Resources