Helen is a regular member of the LGBT Christian fellowship and here she shares her thoughts on yesterday’s event.
“There comes a point where we all need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in”. Desmond Tutu.
Ruth Hunt (Chief Executive of Stonewall) & Tracey Byrne (Chief Executive of LGCM), speaking on the same platform, at the Hull & East Yorkshire LGBT Christian Fellowship.
This was a great opportunity to have two important women sharing stories of their faith and how they believe ones sexuality intertwines with religion. I picked up a postcard provided by the LGCM and it states “You don’t need to identify as lesbian, gay or Christian to be part of the LGCM (Lesbian, gay Christian movement). You just need to be passionate about love, faith and justice.” I believe that’s what drew so many people through the doors. Their love for one another, love for God or a belief in a just world where people can be who they were born to be.
Both speakers mentioned education. Whether this was in the form of educating young children, to celebrate difference and challenge homophobic behaviour or by means of re-informing and initiating discourse with those who have their minds firmly set towards one particular viewpoint.
Engaging in discussion and allowing people to process their beliefs, their faith and their sexuality is a positive way to move forward. This open meeting held by the Hull & East Yorkshire LGBT Christian Fellowship allowed for open discussion, the asking of questions and certainly gave everyone ‘food for thought’ whatever their background.