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 […]

The challenge to systemic prejudice against LGBTI people in the Church of England continues

The place of LGBTI people in church and society continues to be transformed at what feels like an ever-increasing and unstoppable pace. On Monday last week Baptist minister Tony Campolo, one of the most influential evangelical Christians in the US, called for full inclusion of gay couples into the life of the Church. Once a […]

The Solace of Fierce Landscapes

As the trustees of Changing Attitude England know and as will be obvious to many members of Changing Attitude’s Facebook group, as I near retirement as Director of CA England, I am not heading into “retirement” but being drawn by an inner spirit into a new focus on silence, contemplative depth, and the apophatic Christian […]

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 […]

Chaperoned by dachshunds – is this the secret of survival for LGBTI people in the church?

Last Friday’s Church Times Books for Christmas supplement features an interview with Richard Coles about his autobiography by the Revd Dr Hugh Rayment-Pickard. The interview is revealing. Hugh describes the autobiography as an unvarnished summary of Coles’ sexual history up to the point where he started ordination training. He wonders whether Richard’s openness about his […]

Chichester Diocesan Synod condemns homophobic incitement by General Synod member

Andrea Minichiello Williams, a lay member of General Synod representing the Diocese of Chichester, was reported to have spoken at a conference in Jamaica at the end of 2013 to urge that country not to repeal a law dating back to 1864 which criminalised homosexual acts and penalised men so convicted with hard labour in […]

Canon Jeremy Pemberton files employment tribunal claim

The following statement has been issued by the lawyers acting for Canon Jeremy Pemberton: Statement regarding legal action taken by Jeremy Pemberton “Canon Jeremy Pemberton, the first British clergyman to enter a same sex marriage, has confirmed that he has filed an Equality Act claim in the Employment Tribunal against the Archbishop of York and […]

Being gay, being a bishop and being out or in the closet

The Anglican persecution of LGBTI people Kelvin Holdsworth, the Provost of St Mary’s cathedral, Glasgow, was in conversation with Peter Tatchell on 20 July 2014. In the course of the conversation Kelvin asked Peter about outing gay bishops and wrote a blog about this part of the conversation which has received a lot of attention […]

Five decades as a gay youth and adult (and later, priest) in the C of E

I drafted this blog intending it to accompany a letter Changing Attitude will be sending to every bishop. That’s why it rehearses five decades of history, as a reminder to them of how the Church has changed around us. Having finished the document, it seem right to place it in the public domain now. My […]

Time to bless lesbian and gay relationships in church

The right wing conservative Christian narrative would claim that they, traditional, orthodox, Bible-believing Christians, are being persecuted and marginalized because of the demands made by “homosexual activists” in Western nations. This at least is the claim of an American article published by Way of Life Literature, Inc. titled What Rights Will Others Lose When Homosexuals […]