Christians to take part in London Pride

By staff writers
June 29, 2010

Hundreds of LGBT Christians from different groups will be marching in the Pride parade through London streets, which takes place this weekend.

A growing number of Christians take part each year, although campaigners point out that they are often ignored or ridiculed.

Many LGBT people have a deep faith and desire to express their spirituality in spite of the anti-homosexuality rhetoric of some Christians say campaigners for equality within the churches.

This year the various LGBT Christian groups that meet in London have come together to organise a united presence in the parade, staff a stall in the communities section and hold a service of celebration in St Martin-in-the-Fields Church. Many will be wearing purple T-shirts carrying the slogan: 'Christian and Proud'.

Rev Sharon Ferguson, Chief Executive of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement and Senior Pastor at MCC North London initiated this collaboration said: "From the start the main emphasis from all the groups involved has been to get the message across to the LGBT community that it is possible to be both LGBT and Christian.

"We are proud of our faith and our sexual orientation/gender identity and we want the world to know that. Much of the time when homosexuality is linked to faith in the media it is from a negative perspective – this must change. God’s love is for us all."

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