Study shows acceptance of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people slowly increasing in Nigeria

Press release: 30th June 2015 New poll finds familiarity helps build understanding and acceptance of LGBT people LAGOS – A new poll conducted by NOI Polls in partnership with Bisi Alimi Foundation and The Initiative for Equal Rights in Nigeria, has mapped awareness, perception, and acceptance of lesbian, gay, and bisexual, people and same-sex relationships […]

Making women bishops in Kenya, the impact on GAFCON and implications for human sexuality divisions

Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Archbishop of Kenya with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby

The Star newspaper, Kenya, carried an article on 30 December 2014 by Canon Francis Omondi, a priest in the Anglican Church of Kenya. Canon Omondi writes in the context of the recent appointment of the Rev Libby Lane as Bishop Suffragan of Stockport, the first ever woman bishop in the Church of England. He says […]

When LGBTI Anglican voices achieve unprecedented power

Rebecca Solnit wrote in The Guardian, Tuesday 30 December, about the unprecedented power women’s voices assumed in 2014. She asked why the issue of violence against women has finally come to the fore. Why has something that’s long been tolerated become intolerable – or rather, why are the people for whom it’s intolerable finally part […]

Lord Fowler: the Church of England should be totally in favour of equal rights for gay people

Lord Fowler, former Health Secretary in the Thatcher government who launched the Don’t Die of Ignorance campaign in 1987 was interviewed on yesterday morning’s Radio 4 Sunday programme in a segment about World AIDS Day. He was speaking yesterday evening at St Anne’s Soho and is giving a major speech today. He has just published […]

Gambia passes bill for life imprisonment for “some homosexual acts”

Gambia’s National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, officials said on Monday, potentially worsening the climate for sexual minorities in a country with one of Africa’s most vocal anti-gay leaders. The bill amending the criminal code was passed last month and brings life sentences for “aggravated homosexuality.” That is […]

A South African bisexual offers wisdom that might benefit English bishops

Zinana Monwabisi Mbulelo

Zinana Monwabisi Mbulelo is a friend of mine on Facebook, a student at Central Johannesburg College. At 25, he has a remarkable, visionary wisdom, deeply spiritual but most definitely not restricted within a traditional, orthodox Christian pattern. Yesterday he wrote by chance a lengthy comment which reinforced what I was trying to say in my […]

Homophobia in the Anglican Communion – a response – part 1

St Mark's Battersea Rise: preparing for GAFCON event

Changing Attitude has received a response to Rev. Colin Coward’s article on homophobia which we think is significant enough to publish in full. The author – Peter Chater – has told us, ‘Whatever our disagreements about scripture, it is our response to it and the way we treat others that marks us out as homophobic or […]

Homophobia in the Anglican Communion – a response – part 2

St Mark's Battersea Rise, exterior

This article is Part 2 of 2 of a guest piece by Peter Chater. Part 1, which gives background to the following article and contains an introduction by Changing Attitude, is available here. I too avoided the word ‘homophobia’, for many years, out of respect for others, because it can be used as an insult, […]

GAFCON II and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Sermon

Peter Wanyama, a member of the choir at All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi and a member of Changing Attitude Kenya’s committee, heard the Archbishop of Canterbury preach on Sunday morning. Here he conveys his own impression of the sermon and notes the content of collect, asking questions about the intended meaning. Peter reports: The Global Anglican […]

US offers Ghana assistance in moving forward on LGBT rights

The Assistant Secretary of the US Bureau of African Affairs has urged African nations to respect the rights of LGBT people and has offered to assist Ghana in strengthening its commitment to non-discrimination ‘The United States believes that all people are created equal,’ Thomas-Greenfield said. ‘I am an Africa American, I have gone through the […]