Most of the anguish imposed upon God’s children who grow up gay or lesbian has its roots in a misunderstanding of what the Bible says.
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Many of us grew up hearing our parents and teachers tell us how unique and different Adventists are. But growing up, did you have the feeling that you may be different in a way that the church did not accept? Did you grow up feeling or gradually realizing that you might be attracted sexually to others of the same sex, or that your gender didn’t match your assigned sex? The good news is that you are not alone!
Whether you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, or queer (LGBTIQ), or you are not sure if you are, Seventh-day Adventist Kinship (“Kinship”) exists to help. We are here to share solutions others have found, to ease the pain, to save lives. It is not necessary for anyone to struggle alone.
We have always been taught that Christianity and anything other than traditional heterosexuality cannot co-exist. That dilemma can be devastating to anyone going through the torment of reconciling their sexual orientation or gender identity with their religious identity.
The message of Kinship is different from traditional church views. Together with a growing number of Adventist pastors, scholars, teachers, and church members, we believe LGBTIQ individuals are wholly loved and accepted as they are by our Creator. This is not a message of mere convenience; it is a message well-studied and consistent with scripture. (See “What Does the Bible say?” below.)
We are primarily a community of current and former Seventh-day Adventist lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people. Many of us were asked to leave the church or left because we felt condemned and unwelcome. Our membership also includes heterosexual Adventists, parents of LGBTIQ people, and others who are sympathetic to our struggles. No one who supports the mission of Kinship is excluded. We are naturally a diverse group with a wide range of spiritual experiences and stages of self-acceptance, reconciliation, and expression.