LGBT

  • 5 Jan 2013

    Clergy in civil partnerships can become bishops provided they are celibate, the Church of England House of Bishops agreed. Though this falls far short of full equality, some have labelled it a major shift in church policy.

  • 5 Jan 2013

    The Church of England has announced that people in same-sex relationships can become bishops if they do not have sex. It is tempting to see this as a sign of progress, but for many gay and bisexual people it will be the latest message telling them that they are not welcome as equals in the Christian Church.

  • 3 Jan 2013

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics say they will continue to hold a regular mass despite being banned from their current venue by Archbishop Nichols.

  • 30 Dec 2012

    It’s been a good Christmas for opponents of marriage equality. They managed to make headlines on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

  • 24 Dec 2012

    While Christians should indeed examine social and cultural changes critically, the fearfulness of the Pope about shifting attitudes to gender and sexual orientation seems excessive, says Savitri Hensman. Christmas should be a time of celebration in response to God’s generous love, through which barriers are broken down and humanity’s potential fulfilled.

  • 23 Dec 2012

    The LGBT Anglican Coalition has welcomed the UK government equal marriage proposals, but criticised the Church of England's exclusion from them.

  • 22 Dec 2012

    In the wake of historic victories for LGBT supporters in last month's US elections, USA Today/Gallup polls find growing acceptance among Americans.

  • 18 Dec 2012

    I am disappointed to see that a same-sex couple in Essex say that they plan to sue the government over the ban on same-sex weddings taking place within the Church of England.

  • 15 Dec 2012

    The invisibility and silence on the trans aspect of the government's equal marriage proposals highlights the reductionist arguments of some of the pressure groups and the way that the debate is more complex than they wish to acknowledge, says Sally Rush. This silence is symptomatic of the everyday marginalisation, invisibility and misunderstanding trans people face within the media and wider society. It needs to be broken, just as the discrimination currently enshrined in law needs to be removed.

  • 12 Dec 2012

    The government's proposals for same-sex marriage have revealed them to be clueless about religion, contemptuous of civil rights and bizarrely ignorant about the history, culture and politics of Wales. There is a serious possibility of these proposals failing to pass through Parliament. We must step up the campaign for civil rights, not assume they have been won.