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LGBT Rights and Christianity: arch enemies or obvious allies?

24th February 2016 at St Mary-le-Bow Church.

Panel co-hosted by JustShare and Christian Aid



Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall

The Revd Sally Hitchiner, Founder and Director of Diverse Church and Coordinating Anglican Chaplain and Interfaith Adviser at Brunel University

Chaired by Dr Shanon Shah, Researcher at the William Temple Foundation and Deputy Editor of Critical Muslim


Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in the UK have come a long way, while in other countries there is still a long and volatile journey ahead. Many Christian interpretations of "proper" gender and family relations often underpin or motivate discriminatory attitudes towards LGBT people, despite Christian Gospel teachings of love and human dignity. This discussion asks: Despite the fraught relationship between Christianity and sexuality, what role might Christians play in fostering equality and more positive attitudes towards LGBTs?