What About Religion?

Religious beliefs are some of the hardest obstacles people face in supporting a gender non-conforming or transgender child. What do religious teachings actually say about gender and how can you find a supportive church home? Here are some resources…

Religious Teachings

Trans-Gendered: Theology, Ministry, and Communities of Faith — Justin Edwards Tanis

Transgender and Christian: Finding Identity

Religion, Faith, and the Transgender Person — TransasCity

A Transgender Christian’s Understanding of “Clobber Verses” of the Bible

Old Testament Verses

New Testament Verses


Finding a Church

Many religious institutions have promoted themselves as being “gay-friendly” but that doesn’t mean they actually understand gender identity issues. Check with individual churches and leadership about their support of trans people and appropriate accommodations.

Find a Church by Denomination

Gay-Friendly Catholic Parishes and Communities

Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists

Transgender-Friendly Churches



Transitioning to Inclusion: A guide to welcoming transgender children and their families in your community of faith

transACTION: A Transgender Curriculum for Churches and Religions Institutions

transACTION Leaders Manual

Building an Inclusive Church: A Welcoming Toolkit 2.0

All in God’s Family: Creating Allies for our LGBT Families

Kol B’mishpachat Elohim: A Jewish Guide to Creating Allies for Our LGBT Families

A La Familia: Una Conversación Sobre Nuestras Familias, la Biblia, la Orientación Sexual y la Identidad de Género