Changing Attitude’s commitment to the LGBT Anglican Coalition and Black Gay Pride

 

Members of the LGB&T Anglican Coalition met on Saturday in Waterloo for a workshop on tactical mapping led by Shanon Shah. Six of the nine members of the Coalition were represented.

We created a map of the various organisations and individuals in the Church of England who are engaged one way or another, pro and against, with the issue of homosexuality and same-sex relationships. We then identified which of these might be strong or weak allies or opponents and in the middle, those who are undecided.

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The Coalition is developing a coherent and integrated strategy, drawing together diverse groups who are 100% committed to working generously with each other. For me, the Coalition demonstrates the way in which God creates diversity and invites us to model that diversity in a unity of spirit and love. We represent a wide diversity of Christians, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, evangelical, catholic, radical, traditional, ecumenical, lay, ordained.

Two members of the Coalition then went to Black Gay Pride in Torrington Square where Changing Attitude had a stall.

Davis Mac-Iyalla, Larry, Chris Okudili, Aluya Ikhena (who had created our civil partnership cake), Jeremiah and others staffed the stall and were engaged in conversations serious and playful. We had been given a location at the centre of the square, facing the entrance.http://changingattitude.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/296532_10150284777483753_640613752_8033784_4218578_n-605x455.jpg 605w, http://changingattitude.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/296532_10150284777483753_640613752_8033784_4218578_n.jpg 720w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />

Torrington Square is a far-more focussed venue for Black Pride than the gardens at Regent’s College in Regents Park where it had been held the previous 3 years. This year it had a real buzz and a feeling of people coming together with strength and confidence.

Changing Attitude’s new gazebo was used for the first time, proving no match for the rain but creating a focus to display our banners and literature. Conversations were taking place all the time, around the themes of being gay and Christian and the attitude of churches in Africa and the Caribbean.

Revd Jide Macaulay, founder of the House of Rainbow Church in Lagos, an old friend, was there.

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John Bosco Nyombi (left) with Godwyns Onwuchekwa handing out fliers about Justice for Gay African

I met Godwyns Onwuchekwa who I’d been wanting to meet for some time. Godwyns is the founder of Justice for Gay Africans (JfGA), which aims to achieve its mission through educational, campaigning and research projects that help articulate the challenges facing LGBTI people of African descent. It’s a UK-based collaborative of activists, artists, academics and others working for change, improving the dialogue, engaging the policy-makers, standing up to contribute to decision made about and ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. That’s what Godwyn’s card says – take a look at his Facebook page – facebook.com/justiceforgayafricans.

 

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