To our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) brothers, sisters and siblings: Trinity welcomes you! Indeed, the whole Episcopal Church welcomes you!
The Episcopal Church has a long history of positive relations with the LGBTQ community, one that became official in 1976 when the General Convention of the Episcopal Church declared that LGBTQ folks “are children of God who have a full and equal claim with all other persons upon the love, acceptance, and pastoral concern and care of the Church.” Since then, faithful Episcopalians have been working toward a greater understanding and radical inclusion of all of God’s children.
With the help of organizations such as Integrity USA, the church has worked toward full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Episcopalians. In 2003, the first openly gay bishop was consecrated; in 2009, General Convention resolved that God’s call is open to all; in 2012, a provisional rite of blessing for same-gender relationships was authorized, and discrimination against transgender persons in the ordination process was officially prohibited; and in 2015, the canons of the church were changed to make the rite of marriage available to all people, regardless of gender.
The Trinity faith community is a living example of what that full inclusion looks like. Our appreciation for diversity is evident in every aspect of our church life. A significant number of LGBTQ folks are active members of Trinity. In fact, in many ways, Trinity is ahead of the curve in a denomination that is already known for being open, inclusive and progressive.
Trinity is awash in the colors of the rainbow as we celebrate diversity each and every day!