The Gathering Emerges in St. Louis as a Welcome Place for LGBTQ Community

People come to church for many reasons, including when they feel lost, untethered and are looking for a supportive community that speaks to and listens to them. This is perhaps most acute within the community of LGBTQ individuals who want God in their lives but feel alienated by the church – whatever their religion.

Laura Checkett came out as gay at the age of 23. Raised as an Evangelical Christian, growing up her life centered on church. “Even as a kid, I felt God had to be bigger than all the discrimination I kept hearing. I learned it was impossible to be both gay and in God’s will – so I hid who I was for a very long time.”

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