As a part of LSESU Amnesty International Society’s LGBTI rights week, we have invited a number of members of different religious communities to discuss the various supportive and opposing views taken on homosexuality within their respective religions.
Despite many nations being secular states, religion and respecting religious values plays an important role in maintain a cohesive multicultural society and thus has been one of the major influences in light of the debate whether same-sex marriage should be granted, same sex couple benefiting from the same rights and the general acceptance of an apparently unfamiliar concept.
Moreover, the push-pull of valuing marriage as a legal institutions vs. a religious institution is a pressing matter that is vital to answer in order to accommodate individuals of all or no faiths.
Members from different religious communities and support organisations will come together to discuss various issues regarding being LGBTI and religious, the challenges that people face within their faith communities and support that can be offered to them.
– Jeremy Marks
a gay evangelical Christian, the founder of Courage UK. Courage was initially an ex-gay ministry that went through a metamorphosis after 2000 to become pro-gay. He wrote about his experience in Exchanging the Truth of God for a Lie.
– Tehmina Kazi
Director of Media, Outreach and Lobbying at British Muslims for Secular Democracy. She is dedicated to the promotion of inclusive religious spaces.
– Sohail Ahmed
gay activist who used to be a closeted extremist gay Muslim. He is very active in the media and recently appeared on the BBC3 documentary Reggie Yates’ Extreme UK: Gay and Under Attack.
– Alison Walsh
parent of Jewish gay and part of the organisation Parents of Jewish Gays and Lesbians
Come down to this event to show your support or simply develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between homosexuality and religion.