Welcome to the Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement

All the world's major religions are faced with having to come to terms with a modern understanding of homosexuality. The place of gay and lesbian people in the life of the Church is currently Christianity's most divisive issue. Confronting homophobia is its greatest challenge. The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement is proclaiming a basic Christian truth. It is working for the very love and freedom that Christ brings to his people through his life, death and resurrection. LGCM is working for love, for peace, for justice, and for the promotion of the Christian faith especially within the LGBT community.
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  1. Launch of ‘Sexuality’ – The Inclusive Church Resource.

    2 December 2014

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    We’re delighted to be supporting this event organised by a sister organisation – ‘Inclusive Church‘.

    ‘Sexuality’ – The Inclusive Church Resource will be launched on Tuesday 2 December 2014 at 7.30.

    The venue is:

    St Mark’s Church,
    Nottingham Road,
    Mansfield
    NG18 1BP.

    The event is free, but with limited availablity. RSVP to confirm your attendance to: Ms Ruth Wilde at ruthajwilde@gmail.com.



  2. Important call for evidence from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

    15 September 2014

    The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is the body set up in the UK to challenge discrimination, and to protect and promote human rights.

    They are keen to hear from all those whose religion or belief, or that of other people, affect their experiences in the workplace or the services they receive as part of your daily life.

    They want to gather as much information from employees, service users, employers, service providers, trade unions, legal advisors and religion or belief groups so that they can assess how a person’s religion or belief, or lack of it, is taken into account at work and when using services.

    At LGCM we think that it is important that the EHRC hears from those who identify as both Christian AND Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender so that they are able to take into account the stories and struggles of those who seek to be protected by more than one set of rights.  They need to understand that you can be both LGBT and Christian!

    This major call for evidence from the EHRC and is part of a three year programme to strengthen understanding of religion or belief in public life, to improve knowledge of what happens in practice and to make sure that the laws which are in place to protect everyone’s right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect are effective.

    The deadline for submissions is 14th October 2014.



  3. Justice for Jeremy

    2 July 2014

    10478193_10154306322170367_1958712526277005896_nWill you wear a badge for Jeremy?

    Canon Jeremy Pemberton is a Church of England priest, who works as a hospital chaplain in Lincolnshire.  In April 2014, Jeremy married his long-term partner Laurence in a civil ceremony.

    Jeremy has received a formal rebuke from the bishop of the diocese in which he works;  the bishop of the diocese in which he lives, and is an active and valued member of the local church community, has chosen to remove his Permission to Officiate.  Jeremy has no right of appeal against either of these measures, both of which are likely to make it  difficult for him to secure any future appointment.  Jeremy has been a priest for 31 years and this is the first time he has ever felt unable to comply with the directions of his bishop.

    Will you wear a badge for Jeremy?

    •  to show your support for him and Laurence at this uncertain time
    •  to endorse his ongoing ministry amongst the patients, families and staff he serves
    •  to stand alongside other clergy who long to marry the person they love, and who are afraid
    •  to hold in your thoughts and prayers the members of the House of Bishops that they might act with honesty, courage and love
    •  to recognise those of every perspective who are seeking to act in conscience, and with integrity, at this time of change.

     

    To order your badges, please call the office on 020 7739 1249 or email the office – admin@lgcm.org.uk



  4. LGCM warmly welcomes the Cof E guidance to combat homophobic bullying

    12 May 2014

    The CofE has now published its guidance for schools on combatting homophobic bullying in both primary and secondary schools. This has been a much needed document as figures from their own surveys show that currently nearly a third of CofE schools has no policy dealing with homophobic bullying.

    Whilst the document goes to great lengths to emphasise the worth and value of all God’s children and the need for schools to support this to enable education, it also reiterates on numerous occasions that homosexual relationships ‘fall short of the ideal’.

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    The Rev Sharon Ferguson, Chief Executive of LGCM, commented on Premier Radio that this could pose quite a dilemma for some young people who may not feel safe enough to share their experiences of bullying with staff. She went on to say:

    ‘The document talks about the acceptance of difference but it’s very difficult to feel accepted when those around you believe you fall short of the ideal.’

    Another concern that must be raised is how will the document be actualised. Schools will still need to have good resources made available to enable staff to tackle this issue. It is hoped that schools will make use of the Faith and Sexuality Resource provided by LGCM which offers lesson plans to help young people from the three Abrahamic Faiths to discuss and debate this issue and reduce the likelihood of homophobic bullying.

    This is certainly a step in the right direction but as the document states itself in a quote from a teacher in a CofE school:

    ‘Whilst welcoming this initiative, the CofE’s own institutional homophobia and the theological/moral confusion behind it is a big problem!’



  5. Cutting Edge Consortium Conference

    1 November 2014

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    Date: Saturday 1st November 2014, 10am – 5pm. (Registration from 9.30am)
    Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL.

     
    Cutting Edge Consortium LogoLGCM was a founding member of the Cutting Edge Consortium whose aim is to eliminate faith based homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.  This conference, called ‘Equality and Religious Freedom in a Changing World’ brings together a diversity of activists campaigning for this end.  Please check their website for the latest news about the conference.

     

    Purchase tickets online at ticket Source page (please note a small booking fee will apply).  For manual bookings, please email them on cuttingedgeconsortium1@googlemail.com or call 07944657841.

    Please note that we will only have a very limited number of tickets available on the day. You are therefore advised to book in advance.

    Ticket Prices (including lunch & refreshments during the day):
    Individual (waged): £25
    Individual (unwaged): £15
    Delegate (local & small organisations): £50
    Delegate (national organisations & corporate): £100

    Speakers will include:

    Michael Cashman MEP, Tina Beardsley, Peter Tatchell, Savi Hensman, Symon Hill, Linda Bellos and representatives from Nigerian and Ugandan LGBT groups, academics including Professor Gerard Loughlin & Dr Susanah Cornwell, Andrew Copson from the BHA (British Humanist Association), Wes Streeting, Liz Barker, trade unionists Sally Brett TUC, Julia Neal ATL (Association of Teachers and Lecturers), Paul Penny RMT (Rainbow Fund), Danny Rich from Liberal Judaism, Sharon Ferguson from LGCM and representatives from SARBAT, Rainbow Jews, Inclusive Church, Muslims for a Secular Society, and other faith and belief groups.

    Please note that we will be holding a Samhain Celebration as part of the conference for those who wish to participate.

    There will be two plenary sessions, one focusing on the international context of faith based homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, and the other focusing on the changing nature of LGBT activism in the UK. We will also have a panel session on the current political situation for LGBT rights in the UK and worldwide.

    Workshop discussions will also be held on a variety of topics including:

    ~ Religious Accomodation – goods and services ~ Religous Accomodation – education ~ Involving Young people in activism ~ Spirituality, Gender, Sexuality ~ What model of activism – community organising? solidarity? ~ Activism and Well being ~ Organising LGBT solidarity – in Europe and beyond ~ Intersex issues ~ Deconstructing complimentarity/a theology of marriage ~ Spirituality and Sexuality ~ Celibacy/Monogamy/Polyamory/The future of Civil Partnerships ~ Feminism and Binary Gender ~ Bisexual Caucus ~



  6. LGCM welcomes steps towards greater welcome and respect for gay and lesbian Catholics.

    20 October 2014

    pope8n-4-webThe Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement today welcomed the outcome of the Roman Catholic’s Church’s Synod on the Family, which concluded last week.

    Chief Executive Tracey Byrne said, ‘The outcome of the Synod represents a significant shift in thinking and a brave move by those willing to affirm their support for gay and lesbian people. A substantial majority of the cardinals, only slightly short of the two-thirds majority needed, voted in support of the draft statement, and it’s being reported that a number who voted against the statement did so because they felt it did not go far enough in its support for gay and lesbian people. Pope Francis is to be applauded for convening the Synod, and for providing an opportunity for Catholics around the world to contribute to this ongoing process of listening and discernment in such an open way.’

    Gay and lesbian Catholics from the UK were amongst those who attended the event in Rome, and a further meeting is due to take place there next year to continue the deliberations.

    Ms Byrne added, ‘Here in the UK many gay and lesbian Catholics experience acceptance and affirmation in their lives, identities and relationships, and the example of the support and welcome extended to those in the Archdiocese of Westminster is particularly worthy of note. LGCM supports Cardinal Vincent Nichols both in this work, and in expressing his view that the draft Synod document does not go far enough in welcoming, respecting and supporting gay and lesbian people.’

    ‘Whilst there remains much to be done, particularly in those parts of the world where people would seek to use religion to justify oppression and violence against LGBT people, there can be no doubt that the Synod represents a very definite step in the right direction which LGCM welcomes. None of us expects change to happen overnight, but by small steps, and the Synod certainly gives plenty of cause of optimism and hope.’