Welcome to our directory of Affirming service providers!  

The service providers listed on this directory are not affiliated with, supervised by, employed by, or endorsed by PrideMinistry.  The individuals on this directory work through their own ministries, houses of worship, communities, and/or private spiritual counseling or officiant services.  PrideMinistry assumes no responsibility, oversight, or supervision for them and has no part in the services that they provide.  PrideMinistry has reviewed their applications to be part of the directory, and applicants have attested to the truthfulness and accuracy of their credentials as they have presented them.

The directory for spiritual counselors is not for emergency or crisis services, nor for psychological or psychotherapy services.  If you are experiencing an emergency, crisis, or an urgent mental health issue immediately contact your own mental health provider, go to the nearest hospital emergency room, or call 911.  You may also visit the following page for a list of crisis and counseling hotlines, organizations, & related services, some of which are available 24/7: 
https://ostem.org/page/crisis-hotlines

Community of Affirming Officiants & Celebrants

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Rev. Ronald Hunt
Rev. Ronald Hunt
Based in Schenectady, New York; works nationally / destination weddings and unions - Kink, BDSM, Alt Relationship/Lifestyle, LGBTQAI+ Affirming Officiant

Rev. Ronald Hunt is an Officiant based out of Schenectady, New York. He was trained at the Celebrant Foundation and Institute to provide the most spectacular and personalized services. He is also currently a teacher in their Officiating program. Ronald is passionate about helping people celebrate their special wedding or union ceremony and celebration exactly how they dreamed it to be. He is open to all of his clients’ needs, wishes, orientations, and relationship constellations, and can create a ceremony fit for any theme, whether that involves theatrical performances or whimsical Disney decor. Do you want a GoT or a hot air balloon union, commitment ceremony, or wedding? Ronald does that! Ronald believes that a lifecycle ceremony is an extraordinary event in our lives, and should be celebrated in full.

Services Offered:

Ron is open to hosting union and commitment ceremonies and weddings for people from nearly all religious backgrounds. He specializes in civil unions, non-religious ceremonies, single religion ceremonies, interfaith ceremonies, rehearsals, and vow renewals. Some of the other services he offers are funerals, baby blessings and conscious uncoupling.

Customized vows
Licensed
Elegant smaller services
Larger events
Destination weddings

 

https://www.ido-idos.com

518-587-1468 Text/Call
Modern (ND) Minister and Life Cycle Celebrant
Rev. Elizabeth Teal
Rev. Elizabeth Teal
Alt Family, Alt Lifestyle, Alt Relationship LGBTQAI+ Affirming Officiant

Reverend Elizabeth Teal is a highly experienced, warm, and supportive Alternative Relationship, Alternative Family, Alternative Lifestyle, LGBTQAI+, and Poly Affirming officiant who honors who you are, how you live, and who you love.

Reverend Elizabeth is the executive director of Giving Paws and the Spiritual Director for The Ministry of Animals. Additionally, she maintains a private practice in interspecies interspiritual counseling that is open and affirming to all, children and adults, LGBTQIA, Alt and more. She is a professional sacred story teller and supply minister for various other groups. Past credits include: Training Director and Consultant for Pattes Tendue (headquartered in Geneva Switzerland), coordinator of the ASPCA’s Visiting Pet Program & assisting in the 9-11 response; sitting on Delta Society’s first Pet Partners National Committee; and handling the first installed Canine Guardian ad Litem in the state of Florida. Rev. Teal thought she was going to grow up to be an ethologist focusing on interspecies relationships, but along the way became a monk and an interspiritual interfaith minister instead. She is committed to equity, justice and compassion in all our relationships and blogs daily at MinistryofAnimals.org.

Email: reverendteal@gmail.com
904) 874-0047 
Website: MinistryofAnimals.org
Rev. Dr. Thaeda Franz
Rev. Dr. Thaeda Franz
Officiant -- LGBTQ Affirming

 

 

As an Interfaith/Interspiritual minister it is my great delight and joy to co-create with you a ceremonial blessing, wedding, commitment/union, funeral or memorial service that feels true to you and your beliefs. I am aware that many in the LGTBQ community have experienced spiritual wounding and outright hostility from organized religion. It is my desire to offer compassion and joy in the creation of a meaningful and memorable ceremony for you. I specialize in “outside of the box” ceremonies. I have performed ceremonies in the woods, in a maximum security prison, and a wedding that used lines from a movie (the Princess Bride). My goal is to allow you to have the best experience possible in the creation and delivery of your ceremony. I also specialize in the incorporation of Earth-based spiritual practices, such as the inclusion of the Four Directions and researching/performing ancient indigenous rites (such as a Mahuati knot-tying ceremony). I hope to have the privilege of helping you make your ceremony the most genuine reflection of your heart and spirit.

 

Email: drthaedafranz@gmail.com

Phone: (610) 308-9532

Website: betweenthetwotrees.com

Located in PA; will travel
Rev. Yolanda
Rev. Yolanda
Officiant - LGBTQAI+, Alt Relationship, Alt Lifestyle, Alt Family Affirming

 

Rev. Yolanda is an award winning singer/songwriter/trans-femme genderqueer performance artist and interfaith minister, originally from Muscle Shoals Alabama. Her mission statement is: “Building Bridges of Love and Compassion between Diverse Communities through the Power of Inspirational Entertainment, Workshops, Weddings, Events, and Spiritual Counseling .”

I am an Interfaith Minister who graduated from One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in NYC. I am fully licensed to perform weddings, funerals and baby blessings in your home or church or any setting you choose. Fees are flexible according to each circumstance. My work is custom designed for your particular needs from Pagan to God Optional to Traditional. My personal spiritual life is based on the book A Course In Miracles (www.acim.org). I serve the NYC metro area, and travel to other US locations by request.

Email:  yolanda@yolanda.net
Websites: www.yolanda.net and www.TheMightyCompanions.com
Facebook: facebook.com/revyolanda

Phone: (718) 921-1102

NYC area and other U.S locations
Rev. Stephen N. Symbolik III
Rev. Stephen N. Symbolik III
Officiant -- LGBTQ & Alt Relationship Affirming

I am an Interfaith/Interspiritual minister whose ministry is focused of helping others in their spiritual journeys, especially by performing lifecycle rituals, including blessings, weddings and unions, memorials, and funerals. My ministry is especially focused on those who have been hurt or wounded through negative and debilitating interactions with their churches, temples, or faith communities, or religion or spirituality in general. I’m especially sensitive to those in the LGBTQ community who have been marginalized and excluded. It is extraordinarily important that all persons have lifecycle events and ceremonies that are profoundly beautiful. My ministry is also heavily focused on gardening and art which are in and of themselves exercises in prayer and deep sources of blessing. Contact me and let’s create something!

Email address: revsymbolik@gmail.com
Contact number:  (330) 716-3281
WEBSITE : www.revsymbolik.com

 

Based in NYC; will travel
Rev. Alison Schuettinger
Rev. Alison Schuettinger
Officiant, Ritual Leader, and Mystic - Kink/Leather/BDSM, LGBTQ, Alternative Relationships, Allies

 

I look forward to working with you to create a truly beautiful event or ritual.
I am a based out of the New York City area and am also available to travel to other regions.
I consider myself a mystic and experience the divine directly in different ways. I participate in many different types of faith communities (Christian, non-denominational – Social Activists, Sufi, Pagan, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Yoga, Course in Miracles and Baha’i’) and am therefore exposed regularly to different practices. I recognize and validate the mysticism of all faiths and spiritual or religious practices and interests.
I am an Interfaith Minister ordained with One Spirit Learning Alliance, currently interning as a Community Minister at Judson Memorial Church and working full time as a Sustainability Coach with National Wildlife Federation. At the core I am a writer, researcher, educator, minister and artist. I believe in co-creating a sustainable and just present and future by being a presence of love.
I look forward to hearing from you!

email: schua916@newschool.edu; Phone: (917) 757-0833

 

 

Based in NYC and can travel
Rev. Nathan Brisby
Rev. Nathan Brisby
LGBTQ+ Affirming

 

Rev. Nathan Brisby is an ordained Interfaith Minister and Interspiritual Counselor.

He currently leads the learning function for a large national arts organization, where he has developed and facilitated courses on self-care, complex stress, giving and receiving feedback, high impact client interactions, mindful leadership, trust building, and many others.

Prior to his work in animal welfare, he was on faculty at California State University Los Angeles, Azusa Pacific University, and St. John’s University, where he taught courses in communication and rhetoric. For over a decade, Nathan was also a professional actor and an award-winning musical theatre writer.

He is a certified grief counselor through the American Academy of Grief Counseling. Nathan also founded a not for profit, Broadway Gives Back, which connects non-profits with the Broadway community.

His private interspiritual counseling practice focuses on the spiritual needs of the animal welfare, Broadway, and LGBTQ+ communities.

Contact Information: nbrisby@gmail.com

 

 

Minister
Rev. Dr. Deb Berman, DMin LCSW
Rev. Dr. Deb Berman, DMin LCSW
Officiant - BDSM, Kink, Leather, Poly, LGBTQAI+, Alt Relationships

 

Namaste Beloved Community of Alternative Souls!

I am Rev. Dr. Deb Berman, the Founder, Spiritual Director, and Senior Minister of Pride Ministry.

I will work with you to create a truly beautiful and meaningful ceremony.   No ritual event is too small or too big.  Any venue is a holy site — a Leather club, a yoga studio, your living room, a neighborhood art space, a conference, synagogue, or the ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton.  What matters is that we bring love and support into that sacred space, and that your ceremony reflects your values, your story, and your amazing journey.

Here is a sample list of ceremonies I officiate:

  • Coming Out
  • Gender Transition
  • Dead Name Burial
  • Poly Unions
  • Weddings (LGB, GNC, and more)
  • Collaring Ceremonies
  • Baby Blessings (Non-gendered language)
  • Consecration of New Home
  • Blessings and Opening Benediction for Sexuality-Positive Conferences
  • Opening up of Marriages/Relationships
  • Blessing of Play Spaces, Venues, and Events
  • Funerals and Memorial Services
  • Miscarriage and Infertility
  • Work or Personal Ventures
  • Surviving Abuse and Trauma
  • Grief and Mourning
  • Uncoupling
  • Uncollaring
  • Marking the End of a Relationship
  • Dedication of Affirming Businesses
  • And more

I am based in the NYC area and I travel to other states, regions, and countries to perform rituals and officiate sacred services and lifecycle events.

I invite you to contact me by sending an email to info@prideministry.com .

 

Network of Affirming Spiritual Counselors

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Rev. Joanne Leffeld
Rev. Joanne Leffeld
NYC, Woodstock, Online - Alt, Poly, Kink, LGB, Queer, Transgender Affirming Holistic Financial Counselor

Hello!  I am the Reverend Joanne Leffeld, otherwise known as the “Moolah Doula.”  I help people give birth to a healthier relationship with money.  I work with individuals as well as couples and diverse relationship and family constellations.  I look forward to connecting with you!  I invite you to reach out to me for a free consultation.

I began my career as a CFP working in the NY metropolitan area.  Now that my children are grown, I have created a unique method working with clients offering a holistic approach to the highly charged relationship we have with money.  My primary goal is to educate and empower clients and help remove shame and fear as well as feelings of insecurity about saving, budgeting and investing.

website: joanneleffeld.com

Email: joanne@joanneleffeld.com

phone: (845)706-4145
Rev. Dr. Thaeda Franz
Rev. Dr. Thaeda Franz
Based in the Reading, PA area - online counseling - LGBTQ Affirming Counselor

 

I am thrilled to be able to offer spiritual counseling services to anyone who is interested in healing their mind, body, and soul through the exploration of emotion and faith. I am the Rev. Dr. Thaeda Franz. I am a trained mental health practitioner, with a Ph. D in counseling and I am also an Interfaith Minister (2018 seminary graduate of One Spirit Interfaith Alliance ). My work with people comes from a deep desire to see each person come to the awareness of their true worth and their belovedness. I have a particular affinity for people who believe they are “too intellectual” to be spiritual.

Email address: drthaedafranz@gmail.com
Contact number: 610-308-9532
WEBSITE : www.betweenthetwotrees.com

Rev. Yolanda
Rev. Yolanda
Spiritual Counselor - LGBTQAI+, Alt Relationships, Alt Families, Alt Lifestyles, Allies

 

Rev. Yolanda is an award winning singer/songwriter/trans-femme genderqueer performance artist and interfaith minister, originally from Muscle Shoals Alabama. Her mission statement is: “Building Bridges of Love and Compassion between Diverse Communities through the Power of Inspirational Entertainment, Workshops, Weddings, Events, and Spiritual Counseling .”

My work is based on the book A Course In Miracles and I have been trained in various spiritual and group facilitation modalities by One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, Vermont Cares (AIDS Services Organization), Gender R Us (a Trans support group), Church With A 2 Drink Minimum, TLDEF (transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund). Outright (LGBTQAI youth organization), and Bear Your Soul (an adult gay male body positive workshop). I serve the NYC metro area, and travel to other US locations by request.

Email:  yolanda@yolanda.net
Websites: www.yolanda.net and www.TheMightyCompanions.com
Facebook: facebook.com/revyolanda

Phone:718-921-1102

Online or in-person sessions
Rev. Alison Schuettinger
Rev. Alison Schuettinger
Spiritual Counselor - Kink/Leather/BDSM, LGBTQ, Alternative Relationships, Allies

Welcome!  I look forward to providing you with online or in-person spiritual counseling services that support and nurture you through what needs to be healed.  You deserve to feel whole and have your experiences validated and understood.

I consider myself a mystic and experience the divine directly in different ways. I participate in many different types of faith communities (Christian, non-denominational – Social Activists, Sufi, Pagan, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Yoga, Course in Miracles and Baha’i’) and am therefore exposed regularly to different practices. I recognize and validate the mysticism of all faiths and spiritual or religious practices and interests.

I have a MA and BA in Psychology from The New School along with a Post-Master’s Certificate in Sustainable Strategies.  I am an Interfaith Minister ordained with One Spirit Learning Alliance, currently interning as a Community Minister at Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan and working full time as a Sustainability Coach with National Wildlife Federation. At the core I am a writer, researcher, educator, minister and artist. I believe in co-creating a sustainable and just present and future by being a presence of love.

Sessions are done online via Zoom (because it is HIPAA compliant).  There is also an option to meet with me in-person in the NYC area.

I look forward to working partnering with you on your journey!  I invite you to reach out to me at:

email: schua916@newschool.edu; Phone: (917) 757-0833

 

 

Sessions are online or in-person
Rev. Nathan Brisby
Rev. Nathan Brisby

 

Rev. Nathan Brisby is an ordained Interfaith Minister and Interspiritual Counselor.

He currently leads the learning function for a large national arts organization, where he has developed and facilitated courses on self-care, complex stress, giving and receiving feedback, high impact client interactions, mindful leadership, trust building, and many others.

Prior to his work in animal welfare, he was on faculty at California State University Los Angeles, Azusa Pacific University, and St. John’s University, where he taught courses in communication and rhetoric. For over a decade, Nathan was also a professional actor and an award-winning musical theatre writer.

He is a certified grief counselor through the American Academy of Grief Counseling. Nathan also founded a not for profit, Broadway Gives Back, which connects non-profits with the Broadway community.

His private interspiritual counseling practice focuses on the spiritual needs of the animal welfare, Broadway, and LGBTQ+ communities.

Contact Information: send an email to nbrisby@gmail.com

LGBTQ+ Affirming Minister & Counselor
Rev. Dr. Deb Berman, DMin LCSW
Rev. Dr. Deb Berman, DMin LCSW
BDSM, Kink, Leather, Poly, LGBTQAI+, Alt Relationships

Namaste Dear One!

I am the Rev. Dr. Deb Berman, DMin, LCSW, the Founder, Spiritual Director, and Senior Minister of Pride Ministry.  I am also an affirming licensed psychotherapist and counselor in private practice in New York City and online.

I invite you to reach out me via email at revdeb@prideministry.com to inquire about setting an appointment with me or getting a referral to a counselor in your area.

 

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