There are three common types of gay Christian activism. There is gay Christian activism within the Christian church. Gay Christian activism can be within political circles. Activism can also be taking practical action to help those who are hurting.
Activism Within a Church:
In some cases, change can be made by placing pressure on church leaders to bring about change. These efforts, while challenging, can be very successful. Some denominations have resources available for congregations that wish to become formally affirming or open and welcoming. The resources can provide ideas for ways individuals in local congregations can support gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people, and can provide ideas for how to encourage a congregation to become formally affirming.
Learning about the queer community and the needs of the queer community is a form of activism, because that knowledge can be shared with people who are open. Hearts are won one-by-one. Battles for acceptance and inclusion are won one congregation at a time. Quiet forms of activism can be very effective.
Some changes can be made simply by encouraging those who are doing wonderful things to continue to improve the lives of gay people and of gay Christians. Activism can be very lonely and very discouraging. Encouraging those involved in activism can be almost as good as having another pair of shoes on the pavement promoting change.
Public Church Activism:
Churches that make public statements of support and inclusion are engaging in a form of political activism. One goal is for your congregation to be so visible in the queer community that GLBT people automatically think of your church when they think of church. Another goal is to be very public, so other Christian groups notice your congregation supports the queer community. A public presence shows that many Christians support gay people. A few things churches can do to publicly support the queer community are as follows:
Some political leaders will act once they know they have the support of many people. Others understand the need for gay rights, but are afraid to stand for what is right, in the face of powerful interest groups. Change can be made when we encourage political leaders to do what is morally and ethically right. For more information on how to change society through democratic processes, visit our Political Activism page.
We believe activism needs to take two approaches. Those who are doing wonderful things for gay people need to be encouraged and supported. Those who are sinning against God and against gay people with their actions need to be held accountable.
There are a number of famous secular awards. The Grammy Awards are given by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievement in the field of music. The Emmy awards are given for outstanding television production. Academy Awards are presented by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for excellence the film industry. Tony Awards are given for outstanding theatre accomplishments. Joining these awards are are two religious awards, Smiley Awards and the Pukey Awards.
We present the Smileys to churches, religious institutions and church leaders who have done wonderful things for gay people. Churches and church leaders who have done outstanding things to assist gay people receive the Smiley, the "You Make Jesus Smile" Award.
The Pukeys are given to churches, religious institutions and church leaders who have demonstrated homophobia or transphobia. The Pukeys, the "You Make Jesus Vomit Awards," are given to help religious people understand they have sinned against God and against sexual minorities with their comments and actions.
The Smileys - You Make Jesus Smile Awards
The Pukeys - You Make Jesus Vomit Awards
The Family is My Shepherd
Gay Christian Marriage