We wrapped up the first season of The Global Fringe podcast, with a miniseries on faith and LGBTQ stories from a few of my friends who’ve walked the journey.
One of my guests, Shelley Donaldson was kind enough to curate a list of resources she’s personally benefitted from as a Christian, lesbian, and pastor to teenagers.
I hope they will be helpful to you in your own journey and spiritual leadership….
Fish Out of Water - good for all folks with basic theology questions when it comes to the "terror texts", with pretty good scholars responding
For the Bible Tells Me So – referenced in the podcast … grab your Kleenex!
This Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids: A Question & Answer Guide to Everyday Life by Danielle Owens-Reid & Kristin Russo – highly recommend for parents and youth workers & pastors
Coming Out Young and Faithful by Leanne McCall & Timothy Brown – this one is from 2001 but still good)
What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality by Daniel A. Helminiak, Ph.D. – it's theological but it's also really accessible for parents, youth, and pastors/youth workers
The Bible and the Transgender Experience: How Scripture Supports Gender Variance by Linda Tatro Herzer
Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America by Jeff Chu – it's a good read for everyone, the stories are amazing
All of these are book lists I would recommend and it's easier to send these rather than all of them, I've used so many of them at some point with parents of teens and younger.
Welcoming Schools - this has the lists broken down into specifics like 2 dads, etc.
We Are Teachers - books with LGBT characters
Common Sense Media for tweens
Common Sense Media for teenagers, the Aristotle and Dante one is a favorite of mine that my youth have loved
- resources curated by Rev. Shelley Donaldson
NOTE: I have not personally reviewed or used these resources in my life or leadership. I simply wanted to share what my guest has found beneficial in her ministry.