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 […]

How will Changing Attitude judge the Pilling Report?

Yes, I know, until it is published and we know what it actually says, we can’t make a judgement on the Pilling Report’s content and recommendations. But we are already being told from numerous sources that its recommendation will be for very modest change and it will (deliberately) be written to satisfy neither ‘side’ If […]

Trying to make sense of the Archbishop of York’s speech in the Lord’s Equal Marriage debate

I read the speech the Archbishop of York made in yesterday’s debate in the House of Lords during the Committee Stage of the Same Sex Marriage Bill with an increasingly heavy, sad heart. My heart felt sad because I have known John for 35 years. We were at in Cambridge at the same time at different […]