Compiled by Cody J. Sanders

The following bibliography comes from “Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth:
A Resource for Congregations in Dialogue on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” and is used by permission to support your work in being Welcoming & Affirming.

Note to Readers: Titles marked with an asterisk (*) denote helpful titles for beginning stages of exploration. These titles are appropriate starting places for an introductory exploration for individuals and groups.

Titles marked with (‡) denote more “advanced” texts, useful for individuals and congregations having already adopted a welcoming and affirming stance toward LGBTQ persons and wishing to develop further in education, understanding, and ministry.



Narratives of LGBT Lives, Allies, and Congregations

Adams, Elizabeth. Going to Heaven: The Life and Election of Bishop Gene Robinson. Brooklyn, NY: Soft Skull Press, 2006.
Comstock, Gary David. A Whosoever Church: Welcoming Lesbians and Gay Men Into African American Congregations. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2001.
Countryman, L. William, and M. R. Ritley. Gifted By Otherness: Gay and Lesbian Christians in the Church. New York: Morehouse, 2001.
Ford, Michael. Disclosures: Conversations Gay and Spiritual. Cambridge, MA: Cowley, 2005.
*Gaede, Beth Ann, ed. Congregations Talking about Homosexuality: Dialogue on a Difficult Issue. An Alban Institute Publication, 1998.
*Gold, Mitchell, with Mindy Drucker. Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America. Austin, TX: Greenleaf, 2008.
Robinson, Gene. In the Eye of the Storm: Swept to the Center by God. New York: Seabury, 2008.
Sprinkle, Steven V. Unfinished Lives: Reviving the Memories of LGBTQ Hate Crimes Victims. Eugene, OR: Resource Publications, 2011.
Thorson-Smith, Sylvia, Johanna W. J. van Wijk-Bos, Norm Pott, and William P. Thompson. Called Out With: Stories of Solidarity In Support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Persons. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1997.
*Tigert, Leanne McCall, and Maren C. Tirabassi, eds. Transgendering Faith: Identity, Sexuality & Spirituality. Cleveland: Pilgrim, 2004.
White, Mel. Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America. New York: Plume, 1994.