A living history of ministry for the LGBTQ+ community

Over the coming weeks, intern Sara Yoe will be taking readers on a journey through the archives of the Diocese of California. Specifically, she will chronicle DioCal’s unique involvement and support of the LGBTQ+ community. From the founding of The Parsonage in 1981 to a youth immersion trip to the Castro last summer, this diocese has been on the forefront of LGBTQ+ inclusion both in the church and the secular world. Throughout the series, Sara will use the terms of the time referenced to refer to the LGBTQ+ community. Where this story begins in the 1980s, "gay and lesbian" was commonly how non-heterosexual identities were referred to, with occasional mention of bisexual people. "Transsexual" or "transvestite" were common terms used to describe people who now use the word "transgender" or have other gender non-conforming identities.

The title of each article below is hyperlinked to the full article.
 

 

 


Part 1: Full and equal claim

 

 

 


 

 

Part 2: From fear to friendship

 


 



 

Part 3: Outreach, organizing, and becoming official

 

 

 

Part 4: Persistent love is Christian love


 


 



 

Part 5: The intersection of God’s work

 


 

 







 

Part 6: Learning and leading, near and far

 

 



 

 

 

Part 7: Not cured, but healed