Said Lis, receiving the award,
The Religious Society of Friends, better known as Quakers, don’t have a creed; we have as a guiding principle the belief that the presence of God is consistently revealed in the lives of women and men. This belief led the Society of Friends, in 1963 – 50 years ago – to produce a booklet entitled ‘Towards A Quaker View of Sex’ which declared:
“Surely it is the nature and quality of a relationship that matters; one must not judge by its outward appearance but by its inner worth”.
Later in July 1995 the first British Quaker gay celebration of commitment took place in Oxford Meeting House, and then in July 2009 it was decided by the British Quakers as a whole for religious marriage to be offered to same sex couples.
And Paul said,
Following the publication of ‘Towards a Quaker View of Sex’ in 1963, an
eminent Quaker, David Blamires, wrote about his own life experience in
‘Homosexuality from the Inside’. This led directly to the formation in 1973
of one of the first religious fellowships for gay women and men in this
Now celebrating its fortieth year,, our Quaker Lesbian and Gay Fellowship
continues to bear witness and offer friendship within our Quaker
Thank you, on behalf of all Quakers, who for so many years, have
supported equality for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation.
The award comes with a cheque for £5,000, provided by the Inclusive Foundation and supported by Square Peg Media.
We join with Lis and Paul in thanking Stonewall and its partners for this recognition.