Axios is an association for Orthodox Christians and Byzantine Rite Roman Catholics who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender which was founded in Los Angeles in 1980. The organization has chapters in Washington DC, [4] Atlanta, [5] New York City, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Chicago, Boston, Florida, [6] San Francisco, Detroit, Las Vegas, and outside the U.S., in Canada and Australia. [7]


Attitudes towards gay and lesbian believers in mainstream congregations varies; some seek to be welcoming however non-affirming, others generally approving of homosexual unions. The Orthodox Church's teaching is that same-sex relations are sinful in the same manner as all heterosexual practice outside of marriage. Axios also professes that members' "sexuality and love are God given and healthy," but denies any morally significant distinction ceteris paribus between heterosexual and homosexual expressions.

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Additional reading

  • Sexual orientation and gender expression in social work practice: working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people by Deana F. Morrow and Lori Messinger ISBN 0-231-12728-6
  • Christian Science: Its Encounter with Lesbian/Gay America by Bruce Stores ISBN 0-595-77425-3
  • Coming out in Christianity by Melissa M. Wilcox ISBN 0-253-21619-2