Parity celebrates the spirituality, faith
and religious expression of LGBTQ people. 


Our next Be the Hope retreat features
special guest and speaker
Bishop Yvette Flunder!

October 11-13, 2018
Franklinton Center at Bricks in Whitakers, North Carolina


About Bishop Flunder

Bishop Yvette Flunder is a native San Franciscan and third generation preacher with roots in the Church of God in Christ. Bishop Flunder is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ and holds both masters and doctorate degrees in Ministry from the Pacific School of Religion and the San Francisco Theological Seminary, respectively. In 2003, she was appointed Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, a multi-denominational coalition of over 56 churches and faith-based organizations from all over the world.

Made possible
by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter FoundatioN

Space is very limited:  join our mailing list to be one of the first to know when registration opens.

Faith-based Approaches to Preventing LGBTQ Youth Suicide

Faith communities and faith leaders have a unique opportunity to help prevent LGBTQ youth suicide in their churches and houses of worship as well as in their broader neighborhoods and communities.    These efforts must be done thoughtfully, however, as studies show that for LGBTQ youth and young adults, faith isn’t always helpful, and can increase suicidality.  

This guide, an excerpt from Faith Forward: Faith-based Approaches to Preventing and Addressing LGBTQ Youth Suicide and Homelessness, will provide tips for faith leaders of both traditional and LGBTQ affirming faith traditions.
Click to view.


Chapter 1:  The Need

Chapter 2:  Faith-based Approaches for Suicide Prevention (General)
Section 1:  In-depth Resources

Chapter 3:  Traditional Faiths and Prevention of LGBTQ Youth Suicide
Section 1:  In-depth Resources

Chapter 4:  Affirming Faiths and Prevention of LGBTQ Youth Suicide
Section 1:  In-depth Resources

Chapter 5:  LGBTQ Suicide Prevention Resources
Section 1:  Additional LGBTQ Resources
Section 2:  Affirming Faith Organizations

Chapter 6:  LGBTQ Trainings and Information
Section 1:  LGBTQ Terms
Section 2:  Intersex
Section 3:  Transgender
Section 4:  Gender Pronouns
Section 5:  Gender Dysphoria
Section 6:  Gender Expression
Section 7:  Asexuality, Scopes of Attraction
Section 8:  For Educators
Section 9:  GSA’s

Chapter 7:  Signs, Risks and What to Do



I graduated from seminary in 2012, but it’s only now that I’m reaching final assessment for ordination. Without Parity and the support I’ve gotten through its ministries, I doubt I would be where I am today: on the cusp of stepping into my call to pastoral care.
— M.J., Emerging LGBTQ Pastor
At the Parity retreat I met collaborators who rejoiced and imagined with me, who dared me to risk, to be courageous enough to make manifest my vision and call: “I dare you, jump.” The evening after the retreat, sitting at my kitchen table, I knew I already had.
— Mads, Emerging LGBTQ Pastor

Our Mission


Parity celebrates the spirituality, faith and religious expression of LGBTQ people. 

  • We empower new queer faith and social justice leaders

  • We help faith communities affirm and connect with queer people

  • We help LGBTQ organizations and communities to affirm spirituality

  • We promote LGBTQ religious liberty and freedom


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