The score for church websites that clearly communicate affirming LGBTQ+ policies.
Clear websites communicate their policies from their primary pages (e.g. Beliefs, About, Values) or accessibly links to policies from those pages. Alternatively, having openly practicing LGBTQ+ folks represented in pastoral roles would suffice in lieu of a policy. Affirming policies located in denominations’ websites do not count towards a church’s score, as affirming denominations do not require churches to be affirming.
Affirming policies place no restrictions on people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and/or Queer; they are allowed to participate and lead at all levels of church leadership and liturgy (e.g. marriage, ordination). Policies must specify both sexual orientation and gender identity/expression in their affirmation -- if only one is addressed, they will be scored as "unclear." Generic "we are inclusive" or "we welcome all" statements do not meet our standard for clarity.