With an increase on scoring websites, it’s easier to find the best LGBT-friendly universities and cities. Now, finding the right inclusive church is just as possible.
New website Church Clarity uses crowdsourcing to help the religious LGBT community find an inclusive church they can feel accepted in by “establishing a new standard for church policy disclosure.”
“We believe that churches have a responsibility to be clear about their policies on their primary websites,” the organization’s website said. “At the level of the local church, policies are often communicated unclearly, if they are disclosed at all. In many churches, especially evangelical ones, clarity is elusive.”
The website works by analyzing church websites to see how clearly they state their LGBT policies. The site believes the policies are critical information “because they directly impact queer people’s ability to participate, or not, in a church.”
The churches are scored on these rankings: undisclosed, unclear; non-affirming, unclear; affirming, clear; non-affirming, clear; affirming; actively discerning.
Undisclosed means that the policies are not clearly outlined on the website. Unclear means the policies are difficult to find. Clear means that the policies are clearly located on the church’s site. Non-affirming churches have restrictive policies for the LGBT community, whereas affirming churches are accepting.
Actively discerning scores mean the church is currently deciding LGBT policies on a deadline.
“Publicly acknowledging this process is an example of delivering clarity,” according to the site, noting that since this category has a high chance of being abused, it only serves as a temporary placeholder.
To submit a church to be considered, visit https://www.churchclarity.org/crowdsource.