LGBTQIA Ministry

Washington National Cathedral doesn’t just accept God’s LGBTQIA children—we celebrate their gifts and honor their relationships. Whether in the pews or in the pulpit, this is a place that cherishes our LGBTQIA friends, clergy, staff and family members.

As the final resting place of Matthew Shepard, this Cathedral is committed to being a House of Prayer for All People, no exceptions. Our convictions are simple: Love is love. Love is from God. And if something isn’t rooted in love, it isn’t from God.

Get Involved with the Cathedral’s LGBTQIA Alliance

The LGBTQIA Alliance promotes the inclusiveness of the Episcopal Faith and the Cathedral’s message of “All are Welcome” by helping people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and faith backgrounds find their place in the church. For more information about how to get involved or upcoming events, email [email protected].


Cathedral Pride

Each year, we take to the streets for D.C.'s Pride Parade with a message of radical welcome. Photos: Danielle Thomas

Cathedral Pride

Each year, we take to the streets for D.C.'s Pride Parade with a message of radical welcome. Photos: Danielle Thomas

Pride 2021 Events

Cathedral Pride Illumination

June 6-8, beginning after sunset

The Cathedral’s west front will be illuminated each night (weather permitting) with a colorful display to celebrate Pride. Tag @CapitalPrideDC and use the hashtag #ColorfulDMV so that everyone can experience the Cathedral’s support for LGBT+ people and its celebration of Pride!

Discussion: The Black Church, episode 2

Friday, June 11  •  7:30 pm

The LGBTQIA Alliance and the Cathedral’s Racial Justice Task Force are joining together to discuss the PBS documentary The Black Church, Episode 2, focusing our conversation on Bishop Yvette Flunder. (Bishop Flunder will preach at the Cathedral on Sunday, June 20.) Register via Zoom in advance.

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LGBTQIA Alliance in Capital Pride Mobile

Saturday, June 12  •  3-6 pm

The Alliance will be decorating a car to represent the Cathedral in Capital Pride’s “Pride Mobile” (taking the place of the annual Pride Parade this year). Be sure to find a spot along the Pride Mobile route to cheer on the Cathedral and members of the Alliance.

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Holy Eucharist with Guest Preacher Bishop Yvette Flunder

Sunday, June 20  •  11:15 am

The Cathedral welcomes Bishop Yvette Flunder to preach on June 20. As pastor of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ in Oakland, CA, Bishop Flunder “creates a spiritual community that embraces our collective cultures, faith paths, gender expressions, and sexual/affectional orientations while simultaneously freeing us from oppressive theologies that subjugate women, denigrate the LGBT community, and disconnect us from justice issues locally and globally.”

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Honest to God: Bishop Yvette Flunder

Sunday, June 20  •  2 pm

In the next edition of the online series “Honest to God,” Guest preacher Bishop Yvette Flunder joins Dean Randy Hollerith and Canon Theologian Kelly Brown Douglas to reflect on LGBTQIA leadership and the church during Pride month. Featured in The Black Church (Episode 2), the Rev. Dr. Flunder is a writer, award-winning gospel musician, and same-gender loving woman.

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Webinar with Billy Curtis

Wednesday, June 23  •  8 pm

Cathedral Vicar Dana Corsello and the LGBTQIA Alliance welcome Billy Curtis, Director of the Gender Equity Resource Center at UC Berkley, for a secular (and frank) conversation about issues facing LGBT+ people and what it means to be an ally. Via zoom.

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Remembering Matthew Shepard

In October of 2018, Matthew Wayne Shepard was interred in the columbarium of the Cathedral’s Saint Joseph’s Chapel.

The bronze plaque that honors Matthew Shepard was installed to mark his final resting place. It mirrors a plaque dedicated to human rights advocate Helen Keller, who lies nearby.

Like Helen Keller, Matthew dreamed and worked for a world full of love and compassion. This memorial plaque was made possible through a global crowd-funding initiative that raised all funds necessary within three weeks.

While there is a nominal entrance fee for visitors touring the Cathedral, there is no cost to any who come to pray or worship at the Cathedral, including those who come to visit this special spot dedicated to Matthew Shepard’s memory.

learn more, sign the guestbook, and view services