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Stonewall to open conversations with Trans groups

Stonewall’s Deputy Chief Executive, Ruth Hunt, has said that she will not rule out conversations with Trans groups.  Such groups have criticised Stonewall in the past for concentrating on Lesbian and Gay concerns but not attending to Transgender needs.

She said: “We’ve always spoken to trans groups – I have hosted round tables at Stonewall with trans groups, and there are a lot of conversations to be had with a lot of people who have strong opinions.”


2013 – two significant anniversaries for LGBT Quakers

Towards a Quaker View of Sex, 1963In 2013 it will be the 50th anniversary of the publication of “Towards a Quaker View of Sex” and the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Friends Homosexual Fellowship, our predecessor organisation. QLGF’s committee, meeting yesterday, plans to mark this historic year.

First, we will encourage the membership to revisit and remember what FHF and QLGF were set up to do. Then we will go on to review together what we are doing now, and, most importantly, to think about what we should do next.

The context has changed so much since 1973 – do we still need QLGF, and, if we do, what should be the focus? We will begin by consulting our membership, by email, snail mail, through our Newsletter, and at our next Gathering (October 20, Lancaster).

But we hope to widen the consultation after that, and then in 2013… well, what we do will depend on the responses we get!

Let us know your views, and help us to celebrate in 2013!

How one faith school is tackling homophobic bullying

Paddy Storrie, deputy head of St George’s school in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, was sickened when he read in that children in faith schools were more likely to be subject to homophobic bullying.

“I just thought: if there’s a member of the school community that might be having an utterly miserable time, it was our Christian duty to do something about it”, he said.

Today the school will receive a national award for the way it tackles homophobic bullying.

Read more about this story in the Independent.

Dean of St Paul’s embraces gay marriage

The new dean of St Paul’s Cathedral has come out in support of gay marriage.

In an interview with the Times. the Very Rev Dr David Ison, who was appointed this week, said “We need to take seriously people’s desire for partnership and make sure that the virtues that you see in married relationships are available to people who are gay”.

Dr Ison replaces Dr Giles Fraser, who resigned over the cathedral’s stance on the Occupy London protests. He was previously the dean of Bradford Cathedral, where he conducted ceremonies to affirm and pray for gay couples’ civil partnerships, and says he would be happy to do the same at St Pauls.