Lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer and questioning people (LGBTQ) are often assumed to not be religious or have a spiritual practice, and in fact, are too often told that because they are LGBTQ faith isn’t an option for them. Some LGBTQ people are excluded from religious rites and services, and in some instances, told outright that “God hates you.” Despite pressures, many LGBTQ people continue to have faith and spiritual practices, to attend religious services, even pursue callings to ministry and missionary work. For these LGBTQ people, faith is important to them, yet that very faith can contribute to feelings of distress, even thoughts of suicide.

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