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 […]

The core issue for the mutual conversations

In the course of yesterday’s Westminster Faith Debate on Diversity at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, an idea crystalized for me. It is something I have been puzzling over for some years in the context of my conversations and friendship with Andrew Goddard. Andrew represents in my world those who share […]

Anglicans prominent on the 2014 Rainbow List

On Tuesday evening the Independent on Sunday hosted a reception to celebrate the Rainbow List 2014 at Grange St Paul’s Hotel in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral. The Rainbow List celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who make a real difference. The six judges reduced the list of 4,390 heartfelt nominations to 101 […]

From the personal to the infinite

Reflections on receiving an MBE for work towards equality in the Church Sanjay Kumar, a trustee from the earliest days of Changing Attitude, was one of the trustees past and present who came to the celebration following the Investiture on Friday. Sanjay gave me a card in which he quoted Mattie Stepanek: “Unity is Strength […]

Government Ministers’ letter leaves Church of England in no doubt that full inclusion is expected

The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Helen Grant MP, Minister for Sport, Tourism and Equalities have written to Rev Colin Coward, Director of Changing Attitude England, spelling out with clarity why the MBE was awarded in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Sajid Javid and […]

Ploughing through the Pilling Report – No 6: Statistics and the Church’s homophobia

I’m continuing to plough – slowly – through the Pilling Report, and pick up here at the second section of Part 2, ‘Summarizing the Evidence’, which is entitled Sexuality and social trends It begins with the incidence of homosexuality in the UK. If I were researching this topic I think I would probably start with […]