Making the Connection:
LGBTQ Inclusion and Racial Justice
You may be wondering: Why does The Reformation Project include a focus on racial justice in our work to advance LGBTQ inclusion in the church?
For some of our supporters, including a focus on racial justice in our programming makes intuitive sense. Others have said that while they think this is an important cause, they don’t think it’s something an LGBTQ Christian organization should give so much emphasis. Changing hearts and minds in the church about sexual orientation and gender identity lies at the heart of our work, but we believe that including a focus on racial justice within that work is necessary for us to truly realize our vision.
One-third of LGBTQ people in the United States alone are people of color.
In light of the terrible histories of racism—which continue in many forms up to the present—in predominantly white Christian communities, many LGBTQ people of color feel a double sense of exclusion. They feel excluded from an equal place at the table both because of their sexual orientation or gender identity and because of their race.
As a result, if we don’t equip our leaders in predominantly white churches with basic tools to address structural issues of racism in their communities, then we won’t be setting them up to achieve the full inclusion of all LGBTQ people in their churches.
Creating an equal place at the table for white LGBTQ people is not enough. We must create an equal place for LGBTQ people of color as well, and that requires us to include a focus on racial justice in our work.
Considering the multiple layers of exclusion that many marginalized people face is often described as intersectionality. That term was coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw, and it refers to the fact that different forms of marginalization often overlap—or intersect—in people’s lives, especially in the lives of women of color. We invite you to join us in learning more about the interlocking nature of racial justice and LGBTQ inclusion and to partner with us to realize our vision of a global church that is fully LGBTQ-affirming.