Affirmation Press Release: Survey Says, "We ARE People of Faith"
- Survey Says, "We Are People of Faith"
For Immediate Release, Friday August 21, 2009
By Affirmation Co-spokesperson Tim Tennant-Jayne
A survey of 9,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans by
George Barna, a well-known evangelical pollster, reports that 70 percent of
queer adults describe themselves as Christian and 60 percent say their faith
is "very important" in their lives. These figures are only slightly lower
than the general population, which records 85 and 70 percent on those
rankings, respectively. Affirmation: United Methodists for Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns applauds these findings. They
support what many of us have known anecdotally for many years. We are
indeed people of faith.
Nor is this survey flavored by a basis on behalf of the author. Barna, is
known as a Bible-believing, born-again Christian. He himself comments that
the numbers demonstrate that what some assume to be "popular stereotypes
about the spiritual life of gays and lesbians are simply wrong."
The survey's authors note that the process of self-acceptance and coming out
is parallel to the journey of spiritual discovery and acceptance. Many of
us find these two paths very closely intertwined. In order for us to be
able to come out and accept the gift from God of our orientation, we have to
wrestle with and closely examine scripture and traditional church teachings.
Our coming out starts us on our faith journey. Our faith journey leads to
our coming out. An additional result of this exploration is that many
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons become very active
members of which ever denomination and congregation they eventually choose
Affirmation encourages all United Methodists to read and consider this
report. As The United Methodist Church faces continued struggles to both
attract and retain active members, we hope that all levels of the church
will recognize the gifts we bring to Christ's table.
The report is available at
As an independent voice of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer
people, Affirmation radically reclaims the compassionate and transforming
gospel of Jesus Christ by relentlessly pursuing full inclusion in the Church
as we journey with the Spirit in creating God's beloved community.
Affirmation: United Methodists for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and
Queer Concerns is an activist, all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization
with no official ties to The United Methodist Church.
How to Contact Us: email: umaffirmation@...
Affirmation web: http://www.umaffirm.org
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