Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
The Church in Central New York founded and consistently fostered by the GLBTQIS community. October 31, 2018 was the 35th Anniversary in our 36th year in Ministry.
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Internet Resources of General Interest to

The GLBTQIS Community and Supporters

General Information

WorkNet Employer Database (HRC)
Lists of companies that offer domestic partnership benefits and non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation.

Sexual Orientation: Science, Education, and Policy
This is a wonderful site that features the work of Dr. Gregory Herek, University of California, Davis. Dr. Herek is a noted authority on anti-gay prejudice, hate crimes, and the stigma of AIDS. This site provides factual information about sexual orientation to promote the use of scientific knowledge for education and enlightened public policy. This site includes information on homophobia, hate crimes, gays in the military, homosexuality and mental health, homosexuality and child molestation, and changing sexual orientation.

Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG)
PFLAG is a national organization dedicated to providing information, education, and support for the parents, family and friends of lesbians and gays. You will find a list of local chapters, their mission statement, and general information about sexual orientation at the PFLAG site.

Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund
A national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men and people with HIV through litigation, education and public policy work. This site provides information on their AIDS, employment Discrimination, same-sex marriage, the military ban and anti-gay initiatives projects.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
The HRC chronicles the battles that are being fought regarding lesbian/gay lesgislation and litigation. The HRC link page contains approximately 55 links, many of them are political in nature.

The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force 
The NGLTF is an organization which seeks to build the political strength of the lesbian and gay rights movement at the grassroots level. Press releases and position papers are available online.

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
GLAAD's web site serves to further its goal of fighting the defamation of lesbians and gays and their enforced invisibility in the popular culture. The site defines the goals, the victories and the battles being waged by GLAAD, with regional chapters reporting on events in their areas.

Partners Task Force for Gay & Lesbian Couples
A national resource for same-sex couples. Supporting the diverse community of committed gay and lesbian partners through a variety of media. The Web site contains 120+ pages of essays, surveys, legal information, with an emphasis on legal marriage.

And Justice For All
An organization dedicated to promoting heterosexual involvement in the gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender rights movement.

The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network
GLSEN fights homophobia in K-12 schools around the country. This site contains a wealth of information on gay and lesbian youth suicide, and the effects of homophobia on our children.

Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE)
An organization for persons with lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender parents.

Family Pride Coalition
An organization for GLBT parents.

The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt
The Names Project web site offers information on the history of the quilt, how to make a panel for the quilt, AIDS information & prevention, and dates & locations for the quilts display.

People for the American Way (PFAW)
These folks do a great job of keeping track of the radical religious right and their dangerous political agenda.

Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance (OCRT)
The OCRT is run by a group of four volunteers. Their purpose is to help others in understanding different religions; to address religious, spiritual and ethical "hot topics"; and to expose religious hatred and misinformation. The site contains over 400 essays and menus. 
See also:  OCRT's Homosexuality & Bisexuality Pages

Whosoever is an online journal for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Christians.

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Books and Printed Resources

General Interest

  • Leroy Aarons. Prayers for Bobby: A Mother's Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son. San Francisco: Harper, 1995.
  • Bruce Bawer. A Place At The Table: The Gay Individual in American Society. New York: Touchstone, 1993.
  • Warren J. Blumenfeld (Editor), Homophobia: How We All Pay The Price. Beacon, 1992.
  • Don Clark, Ph.D. Loving Someone Gay (Rev. & Updated). Berkeley: Celestialarts, 1987.
  • Eric Marcus. Is It A Choice? Answers To 300 of The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Gays & Lesbians. New York: HarperCollins Publishers,1993.
  • Michael Nava, and Robert Dawidoff. Created Equal: Why Gay Rights Matter To America. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994.

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Youth Information & Concerns

  • Sasha Alyson, editor. Young, Gay and Proud. Boston: Alyson Publications, 1991.
  • Robin Bernstein editor, Seth Clark Silberman, editor. Generation Q : Gays, Lesbians, and Bisexuals Born Around 1969's Stonewall Riots Tell Their Stories of Growing Up in the Age of Information. Alyson Publications, 1996.
  • Susan and Daniel Cohen. When Someone You Know is Gay. Dell, 1989
  • Thomas Cowen. Gay Men and Women Who Enriched the World. William Mulvey, Inc.: New Canaan, Conn, 1988.
  • Marion Dane Bauer, editor. Am I Blue? Coming Out From Silence. Harper Collins, 1994.
  • Aaron Fricke. Reflections of a Rock Lobster: A Story About Growing Up Gay. Alyson Publications, 1983.
  • Gilbert Herdt, Ed. Gay And Lesbian Youth. New York: Harrington Park Press, 1988.
  • Gilbert Herdt and Andrew Boxer. Children of Horizons: How Gay and Lesbian Teens are Leading the Way Out. Beacon Press, 1993.
  • Ann Heron, editor. One Teenager in Ten: Writtings by Gay and Lesbian Youth. Warner Books, 1983.
  • Ann Heron, editor. Two in Twenty Alyson Publications, 1994.
  • Kevin Jennings, editor. Becoming Visible: A Reader in Gay and Lesbian History for High School and College Students. Alyson Publications, 1994.
  • Janice Rench. Understanding Sexual Identity: A Book for Gay and Lesbian Teens. Lerner, 1990.
  • Bennett L. Singer, editor. Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian: A Literary Anthology. The New Press, 1993.
  • Kate Walker. Peter. Houghton Mifflin, 1993.
  • Kay Whitlock. Bridges of Respect (2nd Edition), Philidelphia: American Friends Service Committee, 1989.

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For Parents of Gays & Lesbians

  • Leroy Aarons. Prayers for Bobby: A Mother's Coming to Terms With the Suicide of Her Gay Son. San Francisco: Harper, 1995.
  • Nancy Andrews. Family: A Portrait of Gay and Lesbian America. San Francisco: Harper, 1994.
  • Robert A. Bernstein. Straight Parents, Gay Children: Keeping Families Together. Thunder's Mouth Press, 1995.
  • Gloria Guss Bock. Are you Still My Mother? Warner Books, 1985.
  • Mary V. Borhek. My Son Eric. New York: Pilgrim Press, 1979.
  • Beverly Cole. Cleaning Closets: A Mother's Story. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 1995.
  • Rob Forman Dew. The Family Heart: A Memoir of When our Son Came Out. Addison-Wesley, 1994.
  • Betty Fairchild, Nancy Hayward. Now That You Know: What Every Parent Should Know About Homosexuality Rev. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1989.
  • Ann Muller. Parents Matter. Tallahassee, FL: Naiad Press, 1987.
  • Louise Rafkin. Different Daughters: A Book by Mothers of Lesbians Cleis Press, 1987.
  • Carolyn Welch Griffin, Marian J. and Arthur Wirth. Beyond Acceptance: Parents of Lesbians and Gays Talk About Their Experiences. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1986.

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Religion and Sexual Orientation

  • John Boswell. Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1980.
  • Malcolm Boyd, Nancy L. Wilson.Amazing Grace: Stories of Lesbian and Gay Faith. Crossing Press, 1991.
  • Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza. In Memory of Her. New York: Crossroads Publishing Company, 1988.
  • Chris Glasser. Uncommon Calling: A Gay Man's Struggle To Serve The Church. San Fransisco: Harper & Row, 1988.
  • Chris Glasser. Come Home!. San Fransisco: Harper & Row, 1990.
  • Jeannine Gramick, Robert Nugent (Eds.). The Vatican and Homosexuality. New york: Crossroad, 1988.
  • Jeannine Gramick. Homosexuality and the Catholic Church. Chicago: Thomas More Press, 1983.
  • Richard Hansbany, editor. Homosexuality and Religion. Haworth Press, 1990.
  • Bruce Hilton. Can Homophobia Be Cured? Wrestling with Questions that Challenge the Chruch. Albington Press, 1992.
  • Raymond Holtz. Listen To The Stories: Gay Men and Lesbian Catholics Talk About Their Lives and the Church. New York: Garland Publishing Inc., 1991.
  • Reverend Howard H. Bess. Pastor I Am Gay. Palmer, 1995.
  • John J. McNeil. The Church and the Homosexual Boston: Beacon Press, 1988. Orig.pub.1976.
  • Robert Nugent, Jeannine Gramick. Building Bridges: Gay and Lesbian Reality and the Catholic Church Mystic, CT: Twenty Third Publications, 1992.
  • Letha Scanzoni, Virginia Ramey Mollenkott. Is the Homosexual my Neighbor? Another Christian View. San Francisco: Harper, 1980/1994.
  • Robin Scroggs. The New Testament and Homosexuality. Philidelphia: Fortress Press, 1983.
  • John Shelby Spong. Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism. San Francisco: Harper, 1991.
  • Mel White. Stranger At The Gate: To Be Gay And Christian In America. New York: Plume, 1994.


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For Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual People

  • Betty Berzon, Ph.D. Setting Them Straight: You can do something about bigotry and homophobia in your life. Plume/Penguin, 1996.
  • Betty Berzon, Ph.D. (Editor). Positively Gay: New Approches to Gay and Lesbian Life. CelestialArts, Berkeley, 1992.
  • Betty Berzon, Ph.D. Permanent Partners: Building Gay and Lesbian Relationships That Last. Dutton, 1988.
  • Mary Borhek. Coming Out to Parents. Pilgrim, 1993.
  • Loraine Hutchins and Lani Kaahumanu, editors. Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out. Alyson, 1991.
  • Paul Monette. Becoming A Man: Half a Life Story. Harper Collins, 1992.
  • John Preston, editor. Hometowns: Gay Men Write About Where They Belong. Penguin, 1991.
  • Diane Raymond. Looking at Gay and Lesbian Life. Beacon Press, 1985.
  • Phillip Sherman. Uncommon Heroes: A Celebration of Heroes and Role Models for Gay and Lesbian Americans. New York: Fletcher Press, 1994.
  • Michelangelo Signorile. Outing Yourself: How to Come Out as Lesbian or Gay to Your Family, Friends, and Coworkers. Random House, 1995.



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