Catholics join Gay Pride

By staff writers
2 Jul 2009

Gay Catholics, their parents, families and friends, will be out and about at Pride London this Saturday (4 July 2009) joined by churches in central London.

The two-week Pride festival uses theatre, music, debate, art and entertainment to raise awareness of discrimination and the issues and difficulties affecting the lives of LGBT people around the world.

Catholic groups will share a stall in the Community Market Place in London's Trafalgar Square.

The stall offers resources, information, and an opportunity to discuss pastoral issues affecting LGBT Catholics.

The Soho Masses Pastoral Council (SMPC), Catholics for AIDS Prevention & Support (CAPS) and the Roman Catholic Caucus of the Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement will offer listening ears to those taking part in the Pride London rally.

They will also invite visitors to a Mass welcoming LGBT Catholics, parents, families and friends, which takes place at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption & St. Gregory, Warwick Street, Soho, on Sunday.

London's West End Anglican churches, St. Anne's, Soho, St. James, Piccadilly, and St. Martin-in-the-Fields will also be sharing a stall for the first time so the Christian presence at Pride London will be stronger than ever.

Last year Catholics attended the event with T-shirts saying: 'Nobody knows I'm Catholic'.

Catholics will also be taking part in the Pride London Parade from Baker Street to Westminster, with the banner, "Proudly Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered & Proudly Catholic".

Pride London is now in its sixth year as a registered charity, and continues to produce the UK's largest annual LGBT event, drawing in crowds in excess of half a million people.

The Mass welcoming LGBT Catholics, parents, families and friends takes place at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption & St. Gregory, Warwick Street, Soho, on Sunday, 5 July at 17.00

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