“I’m Open” — Laity Resources

Beyond XX and YY
Chart showing the scientific complexities of the gender spectrum.

When Sex and Gender Collide
Article about the TransYouth Project – resource for how we develop our gender identity; includes personal stories of discovering gender identity; research by Kristina Olson, professor of developmental psychology.

Various resources here on nonbinary gender identity; first person essay on discovering nonbinary identity; in-depth guide to nonbinary identities; historical look at gender variance; resource for how to use gender-neutral pronouns; video for parents of children who are nonbinary.

Queer Theology
Tons of resources (articles, videos, podcasts) on being LGBTQ+ and Christian, how to read the Bible, sex and relationships, self care and coming out, making your church more inclusive, and activism.

Biblical Case for LGBTQ Affirmation on Reformation Project
Brief, surface, and accessible – a good “jumping off point”. 
This resource is a good place to start with people who want some bullet points on Biblical interpretation for LGBTQ+ inclusion

Brave Commons
This is a resource of sermon podcasts for engaging in Scripture with an inclusive lens and focus.

Our Bible App 
(alternative to non-affirming YouVersion) Every day use for an inclusive Bible App

Queer Grace
An online encyclopedia for LGBTQ+ and Christian Life; contains books, audio, video, online resources, personal stories, opportunities to connect to online communities and to ask questions, and a guide to finding a church

Blue Babies Pink
A 44-episode Southern coming out story through podcasts

Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology by Patrick S. Cheng For individuals and small groups who are interested in theological study; may be helpful to be semi-knowledgable about various other types of theology before engaging this book

A Brief Guide to Ministry with LGBTQIA Youth by Cody J. Sanders (2017) Great resource for youth or youth group leaders and others working with youth, parents of LGBTQ+ persons; terminology

Holy Love: A Biblical Theology of Human Sexuality
From the perspective of a Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) member-turned affirming; helpful in ID-ing Biblical cases in an approachable and succinct way

God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines From the perspective of a gay cisgender male, goes into more detail than Holy Love refuting “traditional” interpretations of the 6 main Biblical verses used against LGBTQ+ persons.