New charity launches three-fold strategy to promote equality independent of sexuality or gender

By agency reporter
April 10, 2018

The newly launched Ozanne Foundation has revealed its three-fold strategy to tackle prejudice and discrimination on the grounds of sexuality and gender in religious organisations at an event in Westminster on 9 March 2018.

Over 100 guests, including some of the most senior figures in the LGBTI campaigning world, came together to celebrate the launch of the Ozanne Foundation as a charity.

Speaking at the event the Chair of the Foundation, the Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Rev Paul Bayes, explained that the charity's focus would be to promote the equality and diversity of all, independent of someone's sexuality or gender, within religious organisations around the world: "We embrace and celebrate the fact that we are each uniquely created and yet all equally loved by God", he said. "The Foundation's work will focus on our three core themes; enabling positive Encounters between those who disagree, helping inform and Educate, and equipping and Empowering people to advocate for greater inclusion. We believe that there is a growing desire for change, and we want to help resource it."

The three-fold strategy of 'Encounter – Educate – Empower' looks to create opportunities for meaningful encounters with LGBTI people of faith with those of a more conservative mindset. In addition, the Foundation will look to tackle misunderstandings about LGBTI people through better education of the science surrounding sexuality and gender issues, and the impact of prejudice on then mental health. Finally, it will also empower people to speak out in their immediate communities and equip them with the tools they need to help bring about change.

* Journeys in Grace and Truth: Revisiting Scripture and Sexuality, edited by Jane Ozanne, Director of the Ozanne Foundation, was published in 2016 by Ekklesia on behalf of ViaMedia.News

* The Ozanne Foundation https://ozanne.foundation/

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