"Fearfully and Wonderfully Made": The Reconciliation of the LGBTQIA+ Community to American Christianity

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First Advisor

Justin Glessner

Second Advisor

David Alvarez

Third Advisor

Jess Vooris


I explore in this paper the ways in which churches in the United States treat LGBTQIA+ issues and members in their congregations. To do so, I will focus on several case studies, including the Metropolitan Community Church, the Episcopal Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and the United Methodist Church. These examples range from socially affirming to conservative and from traditional to contemporary worship styles. I plan to research the social landscapes of these churches and propose possible solutions for how other faith spaces can create more inclusive membership. I also address my own position as a queer Presbyterian and discuss the reform I hope to see in my denomination. Through studying the roles of gender and sexuality in American Christianity as a whole, I seek to discover more of how our sexual and religious identities intersect and how we can create experiences that uplift these identities mutually.