The bigger the front, the bigger the back

I’m reading The Examined Life: How we lose and find ourselves by Stephen Grosz at the moment. Stephen is a psychoanalyst; I was attracted by a review of his book in a recent Guardian Review. The book is a collection of stories about everyday lives drawn from the conversations in his consulting room with patients […]

California pushes for a partial ban on ‘gay conversion therapies’

A bill passing through Californian Senate seeks to ban so-called ‘reparative therapy’ for gay men and women below the age of 18, and would force psychiatrists to inform older patients of the many mental and physical harms such ‘therapies’ might cause. The ‘therapy,’ which is often dubbed the ‘ex-gay’ movement, asserts that gay and bisexual […]

The Church of England is a body contaminated by unchallenged prejudice

Papers are reporting that Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, to become the next Archbishop of Canterbury has been the victim of “naked racism”. Is there naked racism in the Church of England? I also was to ask, is there homophobia in the Church of England? The naked racism comment comes from the Reverend […]

Mugged on the Sunday Programme by Lynda Rose and Mike Davidson

Mike Davidson

  I was interviewed on the BBC R4 Sunday programme about the “Not gay! Ex-gay, post-gay and proud. Get over it!” advertising which Anglican Mainstream and Core Issues Trust had planned for London buses. Lynda Rose from Mainstream and Mike Davidson from Core Issues had been invited to present the conservative evangelical argument. At the […]

Dr Glynn Harrison’s views on homosexuality and his membership of the Crown Nominations Commission


Last week a Guardian reporter phoned me to consult me about Dr Glynn Harrison’s membership of the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC), the body that will select the next Archbishop of Canterbury (and appoints other diocesan bishops). The Guardian was concerned about Glynn Harrison’s CNC place because of his beliefs about gay people. An article in […]

Robert Spitzer, psychiatrist behind controversial ‘Ex-Gay’ study, retracts original claims

Dr Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer, the psychiatrist who in 2001 published a study claiming that “highly motivated” gay and lesbian people could change their sexual orientation has recently retracted his claims. For Changing Attitude, his retraction further undermines the position of the Church of England that fails to support the full inclusion and acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual […]

One Gay Invited To Church of Ireland Homosexuality Conference

400 members of the General Synod of the Church of Ireland will gather this weekend in County Cavan for a conference on homosexuality, but only one of them is officially gay. According to the programme notes ‘Andrew’ a civil partnered man brought in from France will speak, alongside ‘Jonathan’, brought in from England, who has […]

Retired Archbishop Lord Carey launches campaign against same-sex marriage

Coalition for Marriage has today launched a petition in support of “the legal definition of marriage which is the voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others. I oppose any attempt to redefine it.” In a recent Daily Mail article, Lord Carey claimed the proposal to change the status […]

The shocking failure of Anglican Mainstream’s cure for homosexual ‘lepers’

A few weeks before Christmas 2011 Anglican Mainstream announced its intention to stage a conference in London on 27th January to be called: ‘The Lepers Among Us: Homosexuality and the Life of the Church’.  A number of us involved in Changing Attitude and the LGBT Anglican coalition were outraged by the implication that gay people […]

Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) severs ties with US partner over homosexuality

The Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) voted to sever ties with the Presbyterian Church (USA) which now ordains openly lesbian and gay candidates to the ministry. The Ghana denomination is also establishing centres throughout the country to provide ex-gay therapy for its homosexual members. It continues to muddy the line between religion and state by […]