Original ArticlesA Qualitative Investigation Into Faith and LGBTQ Identities in a Nonclinical Sample of Readers of the Dear Abby Column The Dear Abby ProjectGhazzawi, Alhasan MD∗,†; Casoy, Flávio MD∗; Libby, Naomi MD∗,‡; McIntosh, Chris MD∗,§; Barber, Mary MD∗,∥; Adelson, Stewart MD∗,¶,#,∗∗; Ahola, Joanne MD∗,††; Ashley, Kenneth MD∗,‡‡; Chavez, Alexis M. MD∗,§§; Erickson-Schroth, Laura MD∗,∥∥; Fadus, Matthew MD∗,¶¶; Goldenberg, David MD∗,##; Hung, Kenneth MD∗,##; Lothwell, Lorraine MD∗,∗∗∗; Mattson, Marlin MD∗,##; McAfee, Scot G. MD∗,†††; Nowaskie, Dustin Z. MD∗,‡‡‡; Schwartz, Alan MD∗,§§§; Tompkins, David Andrew MD, MHS∗,∥∥∥; Yarbrough, Eric R. MD∗,∗∗∗; Drescher, Jack MD∗,# Author Information ∗Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, LGBTQ+ Committee, Dallas, Texas †Department of Psychiatry, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York ‡Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut §Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada ∥Union Theological Seminary ¶Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College #Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York ∗∗Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut ††Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights ‡‡Department of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York §§Department of Psychiatry, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado ∥∥Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York ¶¶Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts ##Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medicine ∗∗∗Department of Psychiatry, NYU Grossman School of Medicine †††Department of Psychiatry, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, New York, New York ‡‡‡Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana §§§William Alanson White Institute, New York, New York ∥∥∥Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, California. Send reprint requests to Flávio Casoy, MD, 223 Bedford Ave, PMB #801, Brooklyn, NY 11211. E-mail: [email protected]. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 209(12):p 855-858, December 2021. | DOI: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000001415 Buy Metrics Abstract To better understand the relationship between faith and LGBTQ+ identity, we conducted a qualitative analysis of 86 respondents to a general question posed through the Dear Abby column. Responses were anonymized and analyzed using a grounded theory approach. Analysis revealed six themes, reflecting a diversity of lived experience from community rejection to acceptance, and self-rejection to feelings of acceptance by God. Despite frequent media portrayals of conflict between faith and LGBTQ+ identity, the reality is more complex, and faith and LGBTQ+ identity development can be complementary. Copyright © 2021 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.