TO BE DEVELOPED OVER THE MONTHS AHEAD
“Paul was gay!”
( US Bishop John Shelby Spong)
“Jesus, never got married and lived with his mum till his thirties; speaks for itself, doesn’t it?”
“If someone writes something nasty about me (on social media) I just laugh and think ‘you don’t even know me’. Someone calling me a ‘poof’, it’s like ‘Er, yeah? and your point is what?’ It’s hilarious that people come out with these things. My message to everyone is: self acceptance starts with you. You have to love yourself and be proud. That affects how people deal with you.”
(Boy George (i))
36% of the UK population have strong or moderate anti-homosexual views.
(UK government public attitude survey, 2012)
‘Wes’ of Stonewall on BBC TV show Sunday Morning Live (25/8/2013) said 1 in 2 gay teenagers in Britain self harm and 1 in 4 have tried to commit suicide. Reason: society’s hostility towards them.
UK Christian LGBT group: www.two23.net ( it refers to Hosea 2:23 “I will say to those called ‘Not my people’,’You are my people’; and they will say ‘You are my God’.)
Homosexuality is illegal in 41 out of 52 Commonwealth countries.(LBC Radio discussion, 17/11/2013)
Peter Tatchell Foundation website on human rights issues.
Sharpe, Keith “The gay Gospels. Good news for LGBT people” Circle Books (2011)
UPCOMING; BIBLE AND GAYS (SOURCES PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIAN WEBSITE & GAY GOSPEL BOOK) AND “CURING” GAYNESS (GUARDIAN & ATLANTIC MONTHLY)
(i) London Metro 28/6/13 p.29
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