Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression Diversity

RIC LogoPLTS is proud to be Reconciling in Christ.

PLTS is a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  PLTS was the first seminary of the ELCA to become RIC. PLTS is committed to working toward gender equity for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. PLTS also works toward racial equity for those who are Black, Brown, Indigenous, or other People of Color (BIPOC). 

A variety of networks and communities exist on campus, in our churches, and within society to support the diversity of God’s creation. 

PLTS is a participant in Safe Zone.  The Safe Zone Allies are a network of PLTS and Cal Lutheran faculty, staff and students who are supportive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning, and asexual/aromantic (LGBTIQIA+) students and underrepresented cultural/racial and religious groups.  Allies are individuals who are willing to provide a safe haven, a listening ear, and support for people on campus from an underrepresented group.

PLTS students can update their name information by completing this form and returning it to the Associate Dean.  PLTS students can change their legal name by providing two forms of identification and completing this form.  This information should be turned in to the Associate Dean


Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries (ELM) publishes a rich array of resources to advise and support potential and current LGBTQQIA+ candidates starting or continuing in the ELCA candidacy process.  As part of ELM, Proclaim is a professional network of seminarians preparing for rostered leadership and rostered leaders in the ELCA. 

Reconciling Works is another Lutheran supported organization committed to strengthening all of God’s beloved for authentic, visible, faithful lives and to work for systemic change within the church and society. If you have questions, need advice, and/or require support and advocacy, please do not hesitate to reach out to ELM staff; our PLTS ELM Seminary Advocate; and the Associate Dean.