LGBTQIA+ Affirming Churches in Central Ohio

Updated: 4 days ago

Congregations on this list are known to LOVEboldly to be intentionally affirming of LGBTQIA+ people. When we use the term "affirming", we are referring to churches that hold a sexual ethic wherein God blesses committed same-sex sexual relationships and diverse gender identities. This list is neither exhaustive nor is it a guarantee that every LGBTQIA+ person and their allies will be welcomed in these communities. Congregations are groups of people and though we try, people sometimes hurt other people even unintentionally. If you know of a congregation which is missing, please contact Ben Huelskamp.

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American Baptist
Metropolitan Community Churches
United Church of Christ

United Methodist

* (one or more openly LGBTQIA+ clergy)

** (one or more openly LGBTQIA+ leaders)

We recognize that there are many wonderful churches in the Columbus area who hold a traditional sexual ethic (also known as Side B) and want to welcome LGBTQIA+ people into their congregations. However, for the purposes of this list, we are not including churches that have a "welcoming, but not affirming" sexual ethic wherein God does not bless committed same-sex sexual relationships or diverse gender identities.