Poll suggests half of gay men hold religious beliefs

By staff writers
March 17, 2006

Poll suggests half of gay men hold religious beliefs

-17/03/06

Half of visitors to a gay web site have said that they hold religious beliefs.

The findings come from an online poll by the Gay Times which drew the biggest response that they have ever had to a survey of this kind.

There were over 2,000 responses to the question "Do you hold any religious beliefs?".

50% of respondents said that they did.

The poll did not ask about the nature of their faith. However, in the same issue, Gay Times spoke to gay men who are actively practicing in one of the five major faiths ? Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhism to discover how they reconcile their homosexuality with their religious beliefs.

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Richard Kirker, General Secretary of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement said: "We've always believed that spirituality is more important to members of the gay community than their leadership would often credit. Not only are gay people interested in religion, they are practicing it. They are filling the churches. When will the church open its eyes to the huge resource of people waiting to be embraced?"

Vicky Powell, Gay Times Editor, said: "We've never had such a large response to our online survey and this shows the depth of feelings that this subject generates for many gay people. Can religious organisations really ignore this group any longer?"

Poll suggests half of gay men hold religious beliefs

-17/03/06

Half of visitors to a gay web site have said that they hold religious beliefs.

The findings come from an online poll by the Gay Times which drew the biggest response that they have ever had to a survey of this kind.

There were over 2,000 responses to the question "Do you hold any religious beliefs?".

50% of respondents said that they did.

The poll did not ask about the nature of their faith. However, in the same issue, Gay Times spoke to gay men who are actively practicing in one of the five major faiths ? Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhism to discover how they reconcile their homosexuality with their religious beliefs.

Related Articles

Despite changing attitudes in society, many churches still do not welcome Lesbian and Gay people.

In 2002, the Evangelical Alliance which claims to represent one million Evangelicals in the UK asked a group of lesbian and gay Christians, the Courage Trust, to resign their membership, after the Trust said it would accept covenanted lesbian and gay relationships.

Richard Kirker, General Secretary of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement said: "We've always believed that spirituality is more important to members of the gay community than their leadership would often credit. Not only are gay people interested in religion, they are practicing it. They are filling the churches. When will the church open its eyes to the huge resource of people waiting to be embraced?"

Vicky Powell, Gay Times Editor, said: "We've never had such a large response to our online survey and this shows the depth of feelings that this subject generates for many gay people. Can religious organisations really ignore this group any longer?"

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