Religious Organizations & Communities By Region

Capital Region Religious Organizations/Communities


Christ the Light American Catholic Church
Contact - Albany: 6 S. Marshall Street, moc.rr.pacyn|1gartedt#moc.rr.pacyn|1gartedt
Place of worship - Albany: 279 Whitehall Road (Sunday Eucharist 10:00am)
Christ the Light American Catholic Church was founded as an alternative to the oppressive structures and strictures of the Roman Catholic Church, yet without denying basic Catholic beliefs of faith and love, spirituality and community, prayer and sacrimentality. Recommended as LGBT-friendly by the Pride Center of the Capital Region.

Holy Trinity National Catholic Church
Contact - Albany: 166 Jay Street
(518) 434-8861, moc.loa|hChtaCtaN#moc.loa|hChtaCtaN
Sunday Mass Location - Channing Hall, Albany: 405 Washington Ave
Holy Trinity is an inclusive parish of The National Catholic Church of America, offering the sacraments without regard to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, race or disability. Recommended as LGBT-friendly by the Pride Center of the Capital Region


Congregation Agudat Achim
Schenectady: 2117 Union Street
(518) 393-9211
Congregation Agudat Achim describes itself as a warm, welcoming Conservative, egalitarian synagogue. Agudat Achim has members of all ages and levels of observance, and is welcoming to all. Recommended as LGBT-friendly by the Pride Center of the Capital Region.

Congregation Berith Shalom
Troy: 167 Third Street
(518) 272-8872
Congregation Berith Shalom is an historic Reform congregation of about 160 families in the middle of Troy, but members travel from a number of locations. Berith Shalom holds Shabbat services on Friday evenings and morning Shabbat services about once a month. Recommended as LGBT-friendly by the Pride Center of the Capital Region.

Congregation Beth Emeth
Albany: 100 Academy Road
(518) 436-9761
Beth Emeth is a Reform Judaism-practicing congregation whose mission is to worship God in accordance with Reform Judaism; to cultivate love and understanding of the Jewish heritage; to stimulate fellowships in the Jewish Community; to strengthen spiritual enrichment and the bonds of loyalty with Jewish people everywhere; and to bring near the Kingdom of God on earth through an emphasis on fairness, human responsibility and social justice in society at large. Recommended as LGBT-friendly by the Pride Center of the Capital Region.

Congregation Gates of Heaven
Schenectady: 852 Ashmore Avenue
(518) 374-8173
Reform Synagogue in Schenectady, open and friendly mission, with diverse groups of people united in worship, education, social activities, and the performance of mitzvah. Recommended as LGBT-Friendly by the Pride Center of the Capital Region.

Congregation Ohav Shalom
Albany: 113 New Krumkill Road
(518) 489-4706
Congregation Ohav Shalom is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue affiliated with the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism. The name “Ohav Shalom” means “Lover of Peace." Recommended by the Pride Center of the Capital Region, they are known for being a warm, embracing, and friendly synagogue family.


Albany First Presbyterian Church
Albany: 362 State Street
(518) 449-7332
Welcoming Presbyterian Church, recommended by Capital Pride Center.

Emmanuel Baptist Church
Albany: 275 State Street
(518) 465-5161
Emmanuel is a diverse and growing Baptist church that identifies itself as welcoming and affirming, and has been recommended as LGBT-friendly by the Pride Center of the Capital Region. The church has a statement of welcome and affirmation that expresses the church's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

First Congregational Church of Albany
Albany: 405 Quail Street
(518) 482-4580
First Congregational Church of Albany is a congregational church, recommended as LGBT-friendly by the Pride Center of the Capital Region. The church's mission is to build a vibrant and vital church in an urban environment to praise God through worship, mission, education, and outreach in an inclusive and diverse community.

First United Methodist Church
Schenectady: 603 State Street
(518) 374-4403, moc.oohay|ydatcenehcscmuf#moc.oohay|ydatcenehcscmuf
A Stephen Ministry Church, reconciling congregation, and progressive and caring community that welcomes all. Recommended as LGBT-friendly by the Pride Center of the Capital Region.

First United Presbyterian Church of Troy
Troy: 1915 Fifth Avenue
(518) 272-2771
Inclusive and welcoming Presbyterian Church, recommended as LGBT-friendly by Capital Pride Center.

First Presbyterian Church of Hudson Falls
Hudson Falls: 5 River Street
(518) 747-3013
Recommended as LGBT-friendly by Capital Pride Center.

Presbyterian - New England Congregational Church
Saratoga Springs: 24 Circular Street, P.O Box 582
(518) 584-6091
Recommended as LGBT-friendly by Capital Pride Center.

Putnam United Presbyterian Church
Putnam Station: 365 County Route 2
(518) 547-8378
Recommended as LGBT-friendly by the Capital Pride Center.

St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church
Amsterdam: 24 Pine Street
(518) 843-2401
Recommended as LGBT-friendly by's listing of LGBT-friendly churches.

Victory in Praise Ministries for People of Color
(518) 434-1102
Recommendation from Capital Pride Center.

Westminster Presbyterian Church
Albany: 262 State Street
(518) 436-8544
Welcoming and inclusive Presbyterian Church, recommendation from Capital Pride Center.


Albany Friends Meeting
Albany: 727 Madison Ave
(518) 436-8812
Quaker, LGBT-Friendly Albany meetings.

Schenectady Friends Meeting
Schenectady: 427 Franklin Street
(518) 374-2166, (518) 383-3482
Quaker, LGBT-Friendly Schenectady meeting.

Unitarian Universalist

First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
Albany: 405 Washington Ave
(518) 463-7135
Unitarian Universalist society of Albany, LGBT-friendly and affirming.

First Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady
Schenectady: 1221 Wendell Avenue
(518) 374-4446
Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady, LGBT-friendly and affirming.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs
Saratoga Springs: 624 N Broadway
(518) 584-1555
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs, LGBT-friendly and affirming.

Central New York Religious Organizations/Communities


St. Andrew the Apostle
Syracuse: 124 Alden Street
Recommended as LGBT-affirming by directory.

Spiritus Christi Elmira
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Elmira: 1009 Maple Ave
(585) 325-1180
Inclusive Catholic Church where all are welcome. Weekend or weekday masses are open to all. At each mass, the church seeks to prepare for the week with relevant preaching, uplifting music, and warm hospitality. They are joyful masses filled with touching moments as people celebrate their baptisms, weddings, children, service to others, and more.

Christian, Protestant, Non-Denominational

Centenary-Chenango Street United Methodist Church
Binghamton: 438 Chenango Street
(607) 724-3546
LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation. Recommended by The Cube Binghamton.

Christ the King Lutheran Church
Vestal: 499 Plaza Drive
(607) 729-2688
LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation. Recommended by The Cube Binghamton.

First United Methodist Church of Endicott
Endicott: 53 McKinley Ave.
(607) 748-7434
LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation. Recommended by The Cube Binghamton.

First United Methodist of Oneonta
Oneonta: 66 Chestnut Street
(607) 432-4102
Recommended by SUNY College of Oneonta Transgender Resource Guide. Member of the Reconciling Ministries Network.

Grace Church (Episcopal)
Syracuse: 819 Madison Street
(315) 478-0901; moc.liamg|esucarySecarG#moc.liamg|esucarySecarG
Recommended as LGBT-affirming by directory. States on website: "welcomes and embraces diversity and seeks to unify people of all ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds."

St. James Episcopal Church
Oneonta: 305 Main Street
(607) 432-1458
Recommended by SUNY College of Oneonta Transgender Resource Guide.

Lutheran Campus Ministry at Syracuse University
Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University
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LGBT-affirming (according to ministry at Syracuse University. From website: "Hendricks Chapel is the diverse religious, spiritual, ethical and cultural heart of Syracuse University that connects people of all faiths and no faith through active engagement, mutual dialogue, reflective spirituality, responsible leadership and a rigorous commitment to social justice."

St. Mark's Episcopal Church Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
Pen Yann: 179 Main Street
(315) 536-3955
Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) A ministry of the Youth Group, this is a peer support group for teens. Made up of straight and gay youth, and youth who have gay parents or siblings or friends, this group seeks to provide support to those who are dealing with issues of sexuality and to create a safe place for teens to explore these issues with appropriate adult guidance. Activities of the GSA are a mixture of presentations on issues surrounding GBLT families with discussion time, social activities such as coffee houses and picnics, and political advocacy such as the Gay Pride Parade. Monthly meetings in the parish hall of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Metropolitan Community Church: Binghamton
Binghamton: 83 Main Street
(607) 232-0463
Mission is to provide a welcoming and affirming spiritual home to all of God's children across gender and sexuality through social justice activity, community building, and bible study. Services on Sundays at 10:30am.

Onondaga Hill Presbyterian Church
Syracuse: 4797 Makyes Road
(315) 492-2692
Recommended by as LGBT-affirming. Website describes acceptance as one of the core values of the church.

Plymouth Congregational Church - United Church of Christ
Syracuse: 232 E. Onandaga Street
(315) 474-4836
Open and affirming United Church of Christ (according to; from website: "We are Open and Affirming of all persons and their gifts regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, physical abilities, or religious background."

St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral of Syracuse, New York
Syracuse: 310 Montgomery Street
(315) 474-6053
Recommended as LGBT-affirming by States on website, "We are professionals, day laborers and unemployed. We are gay and straight. We are large families and families of one. We are liberal and conservative, Republicans and Democrats and everything in between. We are life-long Episcopalians and "converts". We are faithful. We are doubters. We are skeptics, we are believers. We are marvelous in God's eyes, and yet we make mistakes. We pray together, laugh together, struggle together, cry together and journey together." Sunday services at 8:00am and 10:00am, Healing Services Thursdays at 12:10pm, and South Sudanese Dinka Language Services 12:30pm on Sundays.

Synod of the Northeast (Presbyterian)
East Syracuse: 5811 Heritage Landing Drive
(315) 446-5990
Recommended as LGBT-affirming by directory. Participates in public policy advocacy projects, for immigration and women.

Tabernacle United Methodist Church
Binghamton: 83 Main Street
(607) 723-8983
LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation. Recommended by The Cube Binghamton.

Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church
Binghamton: 44 Main Street
(607) 723-3593
LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation. Recommended by The Cube Binghamton.


Temple Concord Reform
Binghamton: 5 Riverside Drive
(607) 723-7355
Reform Synagogue for Binghamton, NY. LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation.

Unitarian Universalist

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton
Binghamton: 183 Riverside Drive
(607) 729-1641
LGBTQ Welcoming Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Rainbow Alliance of UUCB initiates outreach, support, and education within the church community and the larger community about LGBT issues. Services are Sundays at 9:15am.

Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta
Oneonta: 12 Ford Avenue
(607) 432-3491
Recommended by SUNY College of Oneonta Transgender Resource Guide. This congregation has taken part in Unitarian Universalist Association's Welcoming Congregation Program to become more inclusive toward LGBT people.

Hudson Valley Religious Organizations/Communities

Christian (Protestant/Nondenominational)

All Souls Parish
Portchester: 55 Parkway Drive
(914) 939-6300
All Souls Parish/Presbyterian Church has been recommended by the LOFT LGBT Business Directory.

First Congregational United Church of Christ
Poughkeepsie: 269 Mill Street
(845) 454-2960
LGBT-Friendly place of worship, recommended through Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center Business Directory.

North Congregational Church of Christ
Middletown: 157 Linden Avenue
(845) 343-6699
“Open and affirming church welcomes all regardless of gender expression.” Recommended by Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center Business Directory.

St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church
White Plains: 82 Prospect Street
(914) 949-5577
Sunday masses, 8:00am quiet Eucharist, 10:00am Choral Eucharist. Welcoming Episcopal Church, recommended by The LOFT LGBT Business Directory.

St. John's Episcopal Church
New Rochelle: 11 Wilmot Road
(914) 636-0047
Service and Holy Eucharist at 9:30am on Sundays. Recommended by The LOFT LGBT Business Directory.


Temple Israel of New Rochelle
New Rochelle: 1000 Pinebrook Blvd.
(914) 235-1800
According to the LOFT LGBT Directory, a diverse reform congregation offering a vast array of religious, educational, social, and cultural programs. Temple's Kulanu committee focuses on LGBT issues and advocacy. See website for more information.


Scarsdale Friends Meeting
Scarsdale: 133 Popham Road
(914) 472-1807
Worship, Sundays at 11am. Scarsdale Society of Friends Meeting (Quakers) is an inclusive and welcoming worship environment, recommended by the LOFT LGBT Business Directory.

Unitarian Universalist

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Briarcliff, Croton and Ossining (UUFBCO)
Croton-on-Hudson: 2021 Albany Road
(914) 271-4283
Welcoming Unitarian Universalist Congregation, recommended by The LOFT LGBT Business Directory.


In the Life Ministries
Bronx: One Commerce Avenue, Second Floor, Westchester Square
(917) 747-6962
An interfaith resource by and for the LGBT Community. Listed on The LOFT LGBT Business Directory.

SAFE: Spirituality and Faith for Everyone
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 71, Tuckahoe NY 10707
Meetings (LOFT Center) - White Plains: 252 Bryant Avenue
Works for a future where all LGBTQ people have the ability and resources to discover their own spiritual path. Discussions focus on exploring and talking about sexuality in an affirming way. Meets regularly at the LOFT Community Center.

Long Island Religious Organizations/Communities

Christian (Protestant/Nondenominational)

First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett
Amagansett: PO Box 764, Meeting House Lane & Main Street
(631) 267-6404
The First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett seeks to be a warm, welcoming, and inclusive Christian community of faith. Recommended by, an online directory of GLBT-affirming churches.


Temple Beth-El of Great Neck
Great Neck: 5 Old Mill Road
(516) 487-0900
Temple Beth-El of Great Neck is an open and affirming Reform Jewish synagogue that welcomes the LGBT Community.

New York City Religious Organizations/Communities


Judson Memorial Church
Manhattan: 55 Washington Square South
(212) 477-0351
A sanctuary for progressive activism, artistic expression, and spiritual nurture that welcomes all LGBT people to participate fully in the life and ministry of the church.

Metropolitan Community Church of NY
Manhattan: 446 West 36th St.
(212) 629-7440
A spiritual home for the LGBT community, open to all. GenderPeople transgender support group.

Unity Fellowship Movement
Brooklyn: 2578 Atlantic Ave
(718) 385-2406
Welcoming and liberationist congregation, around gender, sexuality, and race. Many locations in the US.


B'nai Jeshurun
New York: 2109 Broadway, Suite 203
(212) 787-7600, ext. 325
B’nai Jeshurun is an open and affirming (non-affiliated) synagogue which welcomes the LGBT Community.

Builds community for traditional, Orthodox, and frum LGBT Jews. Develops community programming including a Shabbaton, educational initiatives, and a resource library of welcoming resources for individuals & Rabbis.

Institute of Judaism and Sexual Orientation
Directory of LGBT and Welcoming synagogues, Jewish LGBT organizations, educational resources, and research.

JQY is a nonprofit organization supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Jews and their families in the Orthodox community. Website includes information about online and in-person (Manhattan) meetings, including a specific trans group.

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
Manhattan: 57 Bethune St.
(212) 929-9498
Synagogue serving LGBTQ community of NYC since 1973. Has an active Trans Empowerment Committee.

Congregation Da'at Elohim: Temple of Universal Judaism
New York: 1010 Park Avenue (at 85th Street)
(888) 590-2791, (212) 535-0187
Congregation Daat Elohim is a growing Reform Jewish congregation with members of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations. Their community is inclusive and welcomes Jews, non-Jews and Jews by choice; intermarried and intramarried; couples and singles; and all who wish to worship in seeking peace, justice, righteousness and a community of concern for “repairing the world” (Tikkun Olam).

Kolot Chayeinu
Brooklyn: 1012 Eighth Ave. (at Church of Gethsemane)
(718) 390-7493
Independent synagogue made of individuals of varying sexual orientations, gender identities, races, family arrangements, and Jewish identities and backgrounds.

(212) 908-2515
Nehirim is a national community (based in New York City) of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Jews, families, and allies, committed to a more just and inclusive world. ­­­ Nehirim puts on retreats, student programs, and community events. Advocacy work promotes equality and diversity based on the teachings of the Jewish tradition.

Congregation Rodeph Sholom
New York: 7 W 83rd Street
(212) 362-8800
Congregation Rodeph Sholom is a Reform temple on Manhattan's Upper West Side that sponsors community-wide kosher GLBT Shabbat dinners, and, each June, a Friday night Pride Service. To contact the Gay and Lesbian Concerns Committee, e-mail gro.molohshpedor|naibseldnayag#gro.molohshpedor|naibseldnayag.


Muslims for Progressive Values
LGB and TGNC-friendly religious and cultural organization headquartered in LA with chapters/affiliates in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York, Washington DC, and Ottowa. Resources for contemporary progressive Islam and a list of progressive mosques.

The Queer East
Resources for LGB and TGNC people of Asian descent, including Hindu and Muslim resources.


Brooklyn Community Pride Center: Queer in Faith
Brooklyn: 4 MetroTech
Meets the second Tuesday of every month
Queer in Faith is a monthly conversation with Brooklyn's faith leaders, in partnership with the Brooklyn Community Pride Center with a mission to empower people to practice personal faith and provide a spiritual sanctuary for LGBTQ individuals to celebrate their faith. The coalition provides resources and support to faith communities for interfaith discussions, forums, and services with a special focus on LGBTQ spiritual issues.

Radical Faeries
Spiritually and politically radical queer communities. Links to information about regional Radical Faerie activities and individual Faerie websites.

North Country Religious Organizations/Communities

Christian (Protestant/Nondenominational)

Emmanuel Congressional United Church of Christ
Massena, NY:39 West Orvis Street; (315) 769-8523
Open and affirming bible-believing church.

Unitarian Universalist

Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton
Canton: 3 1/2 E Main Street
(315) 386-2498
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton is a Welcoming Congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Both the local church and the UUA fully support the rights and worth of GLBT people, and are active in the freedom to marry movement. The ministers perform services of union and child dedication ceremonies for same-sex couples. The church welcomes GLBT people into full participation in all programs and staffing, and the religious education program celebrates all families. With roots in liberal Protestantism, Unitarian Universalism now draws on wisdom from all the world’s religions, and from nature, science, art, and each person’s own experience.

Western New York Religious Organizations/Communities


Rochester Zen Center
Rochester: 7 Arnold Park
The Rochester Zen Center is one of the oldest and largest organizations dedicated to the practice of Zen Buddhism in the USA. The Zen Center's activities include introductory meditation workshops, daily meditation sessions, a residential training program, and retreats at the Zen Center's Chapin Mill Retreat Center near Batavia, New York. Listed as LGBT-friendly by Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley online directory.


Catholic Gay and Lesbian Family Ministry
Rochester: 66 Meadowbrook Road
(585) 303-8605
Catholic Gay and Lesbian Family Ministry is an organization that advocates for and facilitates pastoral care for Catholic gay and lesbian persons, their families/households and friends within the Diocese of Rochester. More information included in PDF brochure, accessible on the website.

Church of the Assumption
Fairport: 20 East Avenue
(585) 388-0040
The Church of the Assumption an inclusive, welcoming, compassionate Catholic Church community united by a faith that is alive and growing.

Church of the Blessed Sacrament
Rochester: 259 Rutgers Street
(585) 271-7240
Catholic Church with a number of parishes and activities, including JustFaith, a Social Justice-oriented Catholic program.

Church of the Transfiguration
Pittsford: 50 West Bloomfield Road
(585) 248-2427
Roman Catholic church, listed as LGBT Friendly by Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley.
Spiritus Christi Church
Rochester: 121 N. Fitzhugh Church
(585) 325-1180
Emergency pager hotline: (585) 755-0206
Inclusive Catholic Church where all are welcome. Committed to playing an active role in dismantling racism and being a diverse community. Spiritus Christi Church has a number of mass times and locations (Rochester, Elmira, and Buffalo).

St. Joseph's Church
Penfield: 43 Gebhardt
(585) 586-8089
Catholic Church, recommended as LGBT-friendly by Gay Alliance of Genesee valley.

St. Mary's Catholic Church
Rochester: 15 St. Mary's Place
(585) 232-7140
St. Mary’s is a Roman Catholic parish in downtown Rochester, NY that is welcoming to all. This faith community is nourished by the Sacraments, Scripture, music and vibrant celebrations that are grounded in the spirit of Vatican II. Energized by the call to become the Body of Christ, the people of St. Mary’s encourage open inquiry, strive to be diverse and are committed to bringing healing, justice and hope to each other and the broader community.


Amherst Community Church
Snyder: 77 Washington Highway
(716) 834-9700
Welcoming church, part of United Church of Christ and United Church of Christ Coalition of LGBT Concerns. Recommended by Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley.

Atonement Lutheran Church
Brighton: 1900 Westfall Road
(585) 442-1018
Lutheran church; lists directly on website its welcoming attitude toward LGBT people.

Brighton United Church of Christ
Rochester: 1095 E Henrietta Road
(585) 475-1644
Described on website as "a multicultural faith community reflecting God's unconditional love." Worship Sundays at 10:30am, also a number of "Faith in Action" programs including Habitat for Humanity, Alcoholics and Smokers Anonymous, Food Addicts, and Girl Scouts of America.

Calvary St. Andrews Presbyterian Parish
Rochester: 68 Ashland Street
(585) 325-4950
Worship on Sundays at 10:00am. Committed to diversity, and declared as "More Light Church," a designation used among Presbyterian churches to signify affirmation of LGBT people.

Christ Church Rochester
Rochester: 141 East Avenue
(585) 454-3878
Diverse, LGBT-friendly Episcopalian church.

Community Christian Church
Rochester: 2647 Chili Avenue
(585) 247-2494
Member of United Church of Christ Coalition for LGBT Concerns. Accepting of all people, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, or physical ability, in the life and the leadership of the church.

Dignity-Integrity Rochester
Rochester: 17 S. Fitzhugh Street
(585) 234-5092
Small faith community of LGBT persons of faith, along with friends and family. Has regional and national connections in the struggle for justice in church and society. Combined chapter of two organizations: Dignity, Inc. (Episcopal) and Dignity/USA (Roman Catholic).

Downtown United Presbyterian
Rochester: 121 N Fitzhugh Street
(585) 325-4000
Rochester Presbyterian Church, values itself as passionate, progressive (including by celebrating diversity of race, ethnicity, ability, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity), and personal.

Eggertsville United Church of Christ
Amherst: Corner of Sheridan Drive and Sweet Home Road
(716) 832-8663
Recommended by's directory of GLBT-affirming churches, Eggertsville United Church of Christ says in its mission statement, "all people are welcoming regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, differing abilities, ethnic background, or economic circumstance." 10am Worship, 10am Sunday School; handicap accessible, large print bulletins available.

Fortunate Families
Rochester: P.O. Box 18082
(585) 698-6100
Fortunate Families works as a resource and networking ministry with Catholic parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children. Fortunate Families promotes and facilitates personal, meaningful, and respectful conversation within parishes and with pastors and bishops.

Grace Unity Fellowship Church
Rochester: 986 Joseph Ave
(585) 232-1130
Recommended by Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley.

Immanuel Baptist Church
Rochester: 815 Park Ave
(585) 473-7664
Immanuel Baptist Church is a diverse, growing urban community that worships God with grateful hearts and Christian love.

Lake Avenue Baptist Church
Rochester: 72 Ambrose Street
(585) 458-5765
Welcoming and affirming Baptist Church. 10am Sunday morning worship service. Childcare and Sunday School for children also available.

Lakeside Presbyterian Church
Rochester: 75 Stutson St.
(585) 663-0644
Welcoming Presbyterian church, committed to faith, purpose, compassion, and justice. Sunday morning services, 10:00am. Childcare services and Sunday school available.

Lutheran Church of the Incarnate World
Rochester: 597 East Avenue
(585) 244-6065
Listed as LGBT-friendly by Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley.

Messiah Lutheran Church
Rochester: 4301 Mount Read Blvd
(585) 865-1866
Welcoming, inclusive, and reconciling congregation. Services Sundays at 10am and 5pm.

Mountain Rise United Church of Christ
Fairport: 2 Mountain Rise
(585) 223-2433
Mountain Rise United Church of Christ is welcoming and affirming of all people, regardless of gender, race, sexual identity, etc.

New Life Presbyterian Church
Rochester: 243 Rosedale St
(585) 473-1240
Urban ministry, inclusive and focused on ministering to the diverse needs needs of a city setting. Claims to be a place of acceptance for all people, especially those who have felt unwelcome in other places.

Open Arms Metropolitan Community Church
Rochester: 740 Marshall Road
(585) 271-8478
Open Arms Metropolitan Community Church is a member congregation of the worldwide movement known as Metropolitan Community Churches. Primary ministry is to LGBT people. Loving, growing group of Christians who come from many different faith traditions.

Presbytery of the Genesee Valley
Rochester: 1190 Winton Road S
(585) 242-0080
Representing 69 Presbyterian (USA) churches in Rochester Valley and the surrounding five-county area. Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley recommended as LGBT-friendly spiritual resource.

South Presbyterian Church
Rochester: 4 East Henrietta Road
(585) 271-5078
Presbyterian church, where worship, caring, prayer, diversity of people, thanksgiving, discovery, and mission are valued. Recommended as LGBTQ friendly by Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley.

Summerville Presbyterian Church
Rochester: 4845 St. Paul Blvd.
(585) 342-4242
Listed as LGBT-friendly by Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley.

Third Presbyterian
Rochester: 4 Meigs St
(585) 271-7649
Third Presbyterian is a More Light congregation which welcomes members of the LGBT community into the full life of the congregation. Happy Bunch is a LGBT and friends group that has brunch and other social events. Third Presbyterian also has an LGBT support group.

Two Saints: The Episcopal Church of St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene
Rochester: 17 Fitzhugh Street S
(585) 546-7730
St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene Episcopal Church ("Two Saints") is a diverse, joyful, and progressive congregation in downtown Rochester, New York.

United Church of Christ - Irondequoit
Rochester: 644 Titus Avenue
(585) 544-3020
Open and affirming United Church of Christ congregation in Irondequoit region.

United Church of Christ, Congregationalist of Webster
Webster: 570 Klem Road
(585) 671-3757
Affirming and welcoming United Church of Christ.

Unity Fellowship Church of Rochester
Rochester: 125 Caroline Street
(973) 476-4061
Unity Fellowship Church of Rochester is part of of the Unity Fellowship Church Movement, which aims to welcome all people regardless of race, creed, color, sex, gender, socio-economic background, or sexual orientation.


Temple B'Rith Kodesh
Rochester: 2131 Elmwood Ave
(585) 244-7060
Reform Jewish temple, recommended by Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley as LGBT-friendly.

Temple Beth David
Rochester: 3200 St. Paul Blvd.
(585) 266-3223
The mission of Temple Beth David is to provide an environment where the concepts of community prayer, education, and service to the greater Jewish community are provided within the context of Conservative Judaism. Website describes the temple as being a friendly, participatory, egalitarian community, welcoming all to be a part of synagogue family.

Temple Beth El
Rochester: 139 Winton Road South
(585) 473-1770
Temple Beth El is a vibrant and inclusive community of Jews who join together for prayer, education, celebration, mutual support and comfort, tikkun olam and acts of loving kindness. Strives to be inspiring center of Conservative Judaism. Listed as LGBT-friendly by Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley.

Temple Emanu-El
Rochester: 2956 St. Paul Blvd.
(585) 266-1978
Reform Judaism, listed as LGBT-friendly by Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley.

Temple Sinai
Rochester: 363 Penfield Road
(585) 381-6890
A synagogue that aims to live up to Reform Jewish values and that provide a safe and inclusive environment for Jewish spiritual, educational and social fulfillment.

Unitarian Universalist

First Unitarian Church of Rochester
Rochester: 220 Winton Road S 
(5850 271-9070
First Unitarian Church of Rochester is a diverse congregation of over 1100 members and friends, and a religious education program involving over 300 children and youth. Proudly LGBT-friendly. 

First Universalist Church of Rochester 
Rochester: 150 South Clinton Ave 
(585) 546-2826
Mid-sized Unitarian Universalist congregation of 147 members and many friends. Mission is to nurture the spirit and serve the community. UUROC has programs for children, youth, and adults, Sunday services, and Drop-in Discussions. 

Unitarian Universalist Church of Canandaigua
Canandaigua: 3024 Cooley Road
(585) 396-1370
Unitarian Universalist Church of Canandigua is made up of a diverse group of religious free-thinkers who gather to celebrate life, build community and better the world.

Other / Interfaith

Spark of Divinity Congregation
Palmyra: 236 East Main Street
(315) 597-5597
Diverse faith congregation, welcome to anyone "with an open mind and open heart." Interfaith services every Sunday at 11am.

International/National Organizations & General Religion Resources


International Transgender Buddhist Sangha
International network to support transgender Buddhists.

Catholic, Protestant, Non-Denominational Christian

Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists (AWAB)
The Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists (AWAB) is made up of a growing number of member churches, affiliated organizations, and individuals willing to go on record as welcoming and affirming all persons without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity. These organizations and individuals have joined together to advocate for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons within Baptist communities of faith. Website includes directory of welcoming churches.

Affirmation: United Methodists for LGBTQ Concerns
Affirmation is an independent voice of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer people and supporters. Affirmation is an activist, all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization that challenges The United Methodist Church to be inclusive, and radically speaks out against injustice for LGBTQ people around the world.

Dignity USA
Medford, MA: PO Box 376
(800) 877-8797
Dignity USA is organized to unite LGBTQ Catholics, as well as our friends, families, and loved ones in order to develop leadership, and be an instrument through which to speak to and promote reform in the Church. Provides education, social justice actions (on individual, group, and general health and wellness levels), and social events. Chapters exist across the United States.
New York LGBT-affirming Christian Churches (462 Churches):
Directory of LGBT-affirming Christian churches around the world.

Integrity USA
(800) 462-9498; (585) 360-4512
Integrity is a nonprofit organization of LGBT Episcopalians and friends. Integrity has been a leading grassroots voice for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the Episcopal Church and equal access to its rites. The organization's primary activities include advocacy, worship, fellowship, education, communication, outreach, and service to the church. A number of chapters exist in the United States.

Institute for Welcoming Resources
Searchable map of Christian congregations that welcome LGBTQ people, supportive organizations, educational resources for individuals and congregations, and more.

More Light Presbyterians
More Light Presbyterians include individual members and congregations of the Presbyterian Church (USA). MLP provides a ministry of care for inclusive congregations and works to build new MLP chapters across the country, educates individuals, churches, and presbyteries about LGBTQ issues, trains leaders in congregations to advocate for full participation of LGBTQ people in churches, engages with other interfaith partners about LGBTQ concerns, and participates in a number of LGBTQ advocacy efforts.

United Church of Christ Coalition for LGBT Concerns
The Coalition provides support and sanctuary to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, their families and friends; advocates for their full inclusion in church and society; and brings Christ's affirming message of love and justice for all people.

Unity: LGBT Spiritual Resource Center
Unity is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus and the power of prayer. Unity honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual's right to choose a spiritual path. Unity dedicated an area of their website to inclusiveness and offers a variety of resources specifically for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgender (LGBT) people and their family and friends.


Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association, Inc. (GALVA)
The Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association, an international organization dedicated to the teachings of Lord Caitanya, the importance of all-inclusiveness within His mission, and the Vedic concept of a natural third gender. Its purpose is to educate Vaishnavas, Hindus and the public in general about the “third sex” as described in Vedic literatures.

Kashi Rainbow
From website: At Kashi and at the sister ashrams & centers around the country, there is a growing group of gays and lesbians known as “Kashi Rainbow”. The Kashi Rainbow goal is to share the unique, non-judgmental perspective of Kashi Ashram, where gays & lesbians – and anyone in between – can feel safe and comfortable to be themselves. Kashi is truly a vacation from hate.


Offices in Boston, MA; Denver, CO; and San Francisco, CA
National Office: Jamaica Plains, MA: 284 Armory Street; (617) 524-9227
Keshet is a national grassroots organization that works for the full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Jews in Jewish life. Led and supported by LGBT Jews and straight allies, Keshet strives to cultivate the spirit and practice of inclusion in all parts of the Jewish community.
KeshetOnline: TransTexts ( is an interactive exploration of what traditional Jewish texts have to say about and gender nonconforming experiences and gender in general.

OrthoDykes aims to provide a home on the internet for Orthodox Jewish lesbians. OrthoDykes groups exist in New York City, e-mail for more information.

OrthoGays: Resources for Gay and Lesbian Orthodox Jews
Sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Yeshiva Day School Alumni Association, this site provides a safe space for people of all ages to integrate their Jewish identities and LGBT identities, in a self-affirming, positive manner, through discussion, socializing, and other activities.

(212) 908-2515
Nehirim is a national community (based in New York City) of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Jews, families, and allies, committed to a more just and inclusive world. ­­­ Nehirim puts on retreats, student programs, and community events. Advocacy work promotes equality and diversity based on the teachings of the Jewish tradition. Website includes a number of resources and information.


Imaan: LGBTI Muslim Support Group
Imaan supports LGBT Muslim people, their families and friends, to address issues of sexual orientation within Islam. It provides a safe space and support network to address issues of common concern through sharing individual experiences and institutional resources. Website includes an online forum, a library of resources, and information about conferences and events.

Retreat for LGBT Muslims and Partners
General Contact: moc.liamg|taertermilsumtbgl#moc.liamg|taertermilsumtbgl
The 2013 Retreat for LGBTQ Muslims (and Partners) is a project of the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD). The retreat is organized by a committed group of volunteers on the Retreat Planning Team, including members of the Muslim Alliance.

TransMuslims: Yahoo Online Support Group
An e-mail support group for Muslims who are transgender, or who may consider themselves to be gender variant.

General Spiritual, Interfaith Resources

CLGS: The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry
The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry provides a number of resources, including "LGBT Religion 101," which generally discusses LGBT identities and religion, a resource library, and documents about research that looks at religion and sexual and gender identity.

Human Rights Campaign
Washington, DC: 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW
(800) 777-4723
Advocacy and organizing for LGBT Equal Rights. HRC has a number of resources for TGNC people.
• Religion and Faith –
• Organizing and discussion about religious communities and LGBT inclusion.
• Living Openly in Your Place of Worship (A Support Guide) –

Interfaith Advocates for LGBT People
Interfaith Advocates formed in 1991 to seek increased awareness, understanding and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people by individual congregations and by the larger community. 83-members in the group gather on this groupsite to communicate, network, and effect change for LGBT people in various religious communities.

TransFaith Online
Interfaith online support for TGNC people.

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