Jeffrey John is dean of St. Albans Cathedral in Hertfordshire and is registered in a same-sex civil partnership with his longtime partner. Under the new rules, he would be eligible to become a bishop as long as he maintains his commitment to celibacy.
Dr. Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajaje is Provost of Starr King School for the Ministry, Professor of Cultural Studies and Islamic Studies, and Sufi. Taught the first divinity school class in the US on African-American faith communities and HIV prevention.
Irshad Manji is a Muslim and founder and director of the Moral Courage Project at New York University’s School of Public Service.
Bishop Gene Robinson retired Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire.
Rev. Ouyang Wen Feng founded a gay-friendly church outside Kuala Lumpur and is thought to be the country’s only openly gay pastor. Although he now lives in the U.S., he frequently returns to Malaysia to call for gay rights, despite the country outlawing homosexuality.
Bishop Mary Douglas Glasspool serves as the Assistant Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum serves as the spiritual leader of Congregation Beit Simshat Torah, the largest LGBT synagogue in the world.
Rev. Troy Perry founded the LGBT denomination of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) in 1968.
Larry Yang is on the Spirit Rock Teachers’ Council and a core teacher at the new East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, Calif.
Pastor Manny Santiago
Pastor Manny Santiago is the pastor of University Baptist Church in Seattle, Wa.
Rev. Scott Anderson is the first openly gay PCUSA minister ordained after the church voted to allow individual presbyteries to set their own ordination guidelines around sexual orientation
The Rev. Pat Bumgardner is currently the Senior Pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of New York.
Rabbi Steven Greenberg, the first openly gay Orthodox rabbi, is Director of Orthodox Programs for Nehirim, the organization for GLBT Jewish culture and spirituality.
Archbishop Carl Bean founded the Unity Fellowship Church Movement, a primarily African American and LGBT denomination.
Rev. Malcolm Boyd is an Episcopalian Priest and author of “Are You Running With Me Jesus?”
Coloradem: Justin Lee is the founder and Executive Director of the Gay Christian Network.
William R. Johnson – First Openly Gay person ordained in a mainline denomination (United Church of Christ) and founder of the UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns and Maranatha: Riversiders for LGBT Concerns at the Riverside Church, NYC.
Rev. Robin Reiter is the Founder and director of Sacred Abundance Ministries
Rev. August Gold is Founder of the Spiritual Center – NYC, Author, speaker, life coach.
Jimmy Creech was defrocked by the United Methodist Church and lost his ordination for performing same-sex commitment ceremonies. He is the author of Adam’s Gift: A Memoir of a Pastor’s Calling to Defy The Church’s Persecution of Lesbians and Gays.
Minister Mychaeltodd is Executive Director of Fig Leaf
Rev. Dr. Jo Hudson is Senior Pastor at Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, TX
Bayard Rsutin was the Quaker activist who not only mentored Dr. King in the principles of non-violent, non cooperation, but also helped found the Southern Church Leadership Conference. Rustin was the chief organizer of the ’63 March on Washington, as well as of the first Freedom Rides in 1947. Because Rustin was openly gay, he had to remain behind the scenes in the Civil Rights movement, as his sexuality was the target of attacks by anti Civil Rights antagonists.
Candace Chellew-Hodge is the founder of Whosoever: An Online Magazine for GLBT Christians that was founded in 1996. The magazine was the first of its kind on the internet has continued to be a resource for the LGBT community since then at whosoever.org. She is also the author of Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians published in 2008.
Rabbi Denise Eger serves at Congregation Kol Ami and is a long time LGBT activist
Rev. Peter J. Gomes (who passed away earlier this year) was longtime pastor of The Memorial Church at Harvard. He came out in 1991, saying “I am a Christian who happens as well to be gay. Those realities, which are irreconcilable to some, are reconciled in me by a loving God.”
Pastor Dennis A. Meredith is the Pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA
Pastor Darlene C. A. Franklin is the Pastor of Agape Spirit Life Ministries in Detroit. She is a leader in social justice and a pioneer in spiritual equality for the LGBT Community.
Rev. Roger E. Hayes is the Senior Pastor of Church Of The Holy Spirit Fellowship located in Winston Salem, Nc
Rev. Elder Jim Mitulski, pastor of MCC New York City, came to MCC San Francisco. Under Jim’s leadership for 15 years, the church entered a period of sustained growth during the devastating years of the AIDS epidemic and shifted from being a place to meet on Sundays into an integrated part of the San Francisco queer community.
Dr. Herukhuti, Founder of Black Funk: The Center for Culture, Sexuality, and Spirituality; author of Conjuring Black Funk: Notes on Culture, Sexuality, and Spirituality; and practitioner of traditional African and African Diasporic spirituality.
Archbishop Michael Seneco, the presiding bishop of the North American Old Catholic Church- a progressive Catholic denomination with ministries in 23 states.
Rev. Dr. Katrina D. Foster is an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) pastor. In 2007 she came out of the floor of her denomination’s national assembly, after which the bishops put forth a resolution allowing them to abstain from discipling lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pastors with families and not face disciplinary action themselves for not bringing charges against these pastors.
Rabbi Andrea Myers is the author of the book, “The Choosing-A Rabbi’s Journey from Silent Nights to High Holy Days”, an activist and mother.
Jay Michaelson is a writer, scholar, and activist whose work focuses on the intersections of religion, spirituality, sexuality, and law. His newest book, “God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality” shows that the Bible supports equal rights.
The Rev. Dr. Neil Thomas is currently the Senior Pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of Los Angeles.
Rev. Canon Susan Russell is the Associate Pastor at All Saints Pasadena, CA, past president of Integrity, HRC Religion and Faith Council.
Rev. Bradley Schmeling is Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, ELCA, Atlanta GA. Led the way for full inclusion of LGBT clergy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
Rev. Dr. Nancy L. Wilson is Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches
Rev. Michael Hydes is the Pastor of New Light Metropolitan Community Church in Hagerstown, MD