Fr Chris was on the LGBT Communion (held monthly at St C’s) stall at Manchester Pride recently, from where he sends this postcard:
I’m writing this after the third day at Manchester LGBT Pride. It’s been a worthwhile experience, and there have been many interesting conversations.
Among things said were:
– are you a real Vicar?
– what did we think about Cardinal OBrians recent statement?
– can you really be lgbt and a Christian?
– we wish there was something similar in our area!
– its good to see the C of E here!
Over the weekend there was only one negative conversation; and, much interest shown and encouragement given to us.
My own thoughts are that we should not fight shy in “coming out” as being lgbt folk who are also Christian. The Church has donee much harm to lgbt people in the past; but, we are bigger than that and cannot be responsible for the crassness of others.
It does us – lgbt folk – good to celebrate our God given identity as gay, lesbian, bi or trans. But equally it strengthens our faith when we share who and what we are with others.