In my association, I have heard horror stories about LGBTQ folk getting through seminary and the in care process, and then never finding a call to a church, and thus staying in the limbo of "ordained pending call" forever. However, I also know or know of a few LGBTs that have been found calls in the UCC, even to large and historic churches like First Congregational Church in downtown Columbus.
I would like to ask the community:
a. Is there systematic discrimination against LGBTs in the call process in the UCC?
b. Do the people who complain about never finding a call because they're gay to everyone who will hear them usually have some other problem that's preventing them from finding a call?
I will note that to me it seems possible that a and be might well both be true. Gays and lesbians, like women in general, may wind up being shuffled to smaller, struggling churches because churches who can afford to pay a straight man with a family will hire one. This does not worry me very much since my call is to rural ministry! If a rural churches' motive for hiring me is that they can pay me less then they would pay a straight man with a family, then so be it. If I have to be a tentmaker, then God will provide.
OTOH, I have no intention of graduating seminary and never finding a call. Are there ways for me to be more desireable to churches despite being gay? Ways to be out but not too out?
Also, are queer pastors usually called to mostly-LGBT churches?
Edit: I especially want to know if LGBT pastors are welcome or likely to find a call in North Texas outside of the pastoral staff at Cathedral of Hope.