Anglican Mainstream and Core Issues Trust launched an advertising campaign today, of a slogan to be carried on the side of buses: Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post Gay and Proud. Get Over It!
Except Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, decided the campaign is offensive. He said: ““London is one of the most tolerant cities in the world and intolerant of intolerance. It is clearly offensive to suggest that being gay is an illness that someone recovers from and I am not prepared to have that suggestion driven around London on our buses.”
Canon Dr Chris Sugden, Executive Secretary of Anglican Mainstream, lives in a parallel universe, one in which gay people can become Not Gay, Ex-Gay or Post-Gay. Get over it, Chris – it’s all part of your fantasy wish-fulfilment programme. Look around yourself in the Church of England, take a look at the supporters in Changing Attitude groups around the country. You’ll find lots of mature, deeply spiritual, faithful, single and partnered lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people; healthy, holy people.
Chris thinks “‘The current political debate surrounding the redefinition of marriage ignores not just the cultural base of this institution that lies at the heart of our society, but seems entirely to have forgotten about children, prioritising adult sexualities at their expense in an unprecedented way.’
You are so, so wrong, Chris. LGB&T people wish to reinforce the best values of Christian marriage in seeking marriage equality in church. We have not forgotten children – many of us parent children from earlier marriages or within our civil partnerships. We never forget our own childhoods and the despair some of us endured as a result of the attitudes propagated by Anglican Mainstream, evil attitudes that created a climate of guilt, secrecy and fear leading for some people to clinical deepression and suicide.
Yes, Anglican Mainstream, some Christians are gay and it’s time for you to get over your prejudice. Some Christians, some bishops, some priests, millions of lay people, in every Province of the Anglican Communion, including the Global South, every Province in Africa, every church which claims membership of AMiA and ACNA and all the other acronym associations.
You may still be forcing LGB&T people to hide in the closet, but increasing numbers of Africans know who they are and are beginning to walk tall with dignity in their identity as gay Anglicans. Today in Nairobi, LGBTI Anglican Kenyans met to prepare for the launch of Changing Attitude Kenya. They are not Ex-Gay or Post-Gay but PROUDLY GAY CHRISTIANS!