A Quaker fellowship
- If you are a Quaker member or attender looking for a Quaker lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex community, we hope you will find the website helpful. We hope you will have the chance to attend a gathering with other LGBT+ Friends.
- If you are finding out about Quakers – welcome. We hope you will try a Quaker Meeting for worship, where you will be received warmly. To find out more about Quaker worship, where you can find a Quaker Meeting and more about Quaker faith and practice, please follow the link on the right to the main Quakers in Britain website.
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The role of the Quaker Gender and Sexual Diversity Community
An inclusive community
We changed our name to demonstrate our inclusion of all who identify within LGBT+. We are a Quaker group, led by Quaker values, and we are an LGBT+ group seeking to work with other groups sharing our objectives for equality, acceptance and celebration. We don’t have a a subscription fee, but maintain our members network on the basis of donations and charging for events.
A welcoming fellowship
Before QGSDC, Quaker Lesbian and Gay Fellowship was an active national fellowship and campaigning group serving the needs of LGBT+ Friends for many years and was named Community Group of the Year in 2013 by Stonewall. We have been building on this encouragement by pursuing our outreach to the LGBT+ community, including several successful recent Gatherings focussing on sexual ethics and on the experience of Transgender people. We still hope to pursue these themes further.
A space for all
Some people find that T sits uncomfortably with LGB. The experiences of gender diversity is distinct from sexuality and sexual orientation, except that in either case, you have to face ‘coming-out’ to family and friends, you encounter discrimination and you have to reconcile your self-knowledge with your faith and culture. Our Quaker testimony to equality acknowledges those people whose sexual orientation or gender identity might distance them from community, work and worship. LGBT+ has come to represent a strong mutually supportive community, affirming the lives of diverse people. QGSDC tries to be an active space for all who value the gifts and fellowship of the LGBT+ community.
Diverse community, diverse voices
We welcome your views about how QLGF should go forward. How important is QGSDC for personal support – a place of belonging for LGBT+ Quakers? How important are occasional gatherings for worship, sharing, fellowship? What is the Quaker message for understanding and equality today? What can we learn from other LGBT faith groups?
An online community
We are developing a new website that will have the qgsdc address. This will enable joining, donating and communicating online, with news of events and activities.
We will try to strengthen our community by:
- increasing QGSDC activity online via our website, Twitter and Facebook;
- forming small task groups to undertake more limited activities;
- encouraging Friends House to produce outreach and inreach materials for the LGBT+ community;
- supporting other organisations, for example Young Friends General Meeting in dealing with issues around sexuality and gender, and Sibyls, who work with trans people of faith;
- continuing to support existing and new local groups in their fellowship and outreach roles.
We welcome new members from Quaker Meetings and from those in sympathy with the Quaker way. See the page with details of how to join.