QIRY Poster

‘Making Space for Queer identifying Religious Youth’, the ESRC funded (2011-2013) project carried out at the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy research will be celebrating the end of the project by exhibiting some of the colourful images, diaries and mind maps created from the project data.

Project participants were asked to keep a project diary for a month to record everyday reflections, also completing ‘mind maps’, having been asked about  the spaces they take up on a day-to-day basis. What spaces might be (un)comfortable? How might this bring in (or exclude) aspects of their religious and sexual identities? Information was visually mapped onto a blank piece of paper with participants choosing different, creative, colourful ways to express and display identity, movement and belonging. This exhibition displays examples of creative ways in which ‘queer identifying religious youth’ express, relate and create their identities, illustrating conflicts, celebrations and negotiations.

Those who have an interest in some of the creative methods used to research youth, sexuality and faith can attend the ‘Making Space for Queer Identifying Religious Youth Diary and Mind Map Art Exhibition’ at:

The book launch & wine reception of Queering Religion, Religious Queers [Routledge], ed. Yvette Taylor & Ria Snowdon, following the Queer Youth Histories Workshop, 19 June 2014, Keyworth Mezzanine, LSBU 5pm-7pm:  http://weekscentreforsocialandpolicyresearch.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/queer-youth-histories.pdf

Critical Diversities Conference on the 10th-11th July 2014:http://weekscentreforsocialandpolicyresearch.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/critical-diversities.pdf. During the conference, there will be an opportunity to view the exhibition, which displays powerful images, drawings, reflective diary extracts and colourful mind maps from the research data gathered from the project.

 March 2014

Image of Queering Religion, Religious Queers










Queering Religion, Religious Queers
Edited by Yvette Taylor and Ria Snowdon 


November 2013

Presenting our findings is ongoing this year:

Emily Falconer has joined the project, and has presented at Contemporary Issues In the Worldwide Anglican Communion: a Research Symposium, and the Religion and Embodiment Symposium, both at the University of Kent in Canterbury.

Yvette Taylor and Emily Falconer also attended the fascinating Class and Christianity Research day in York, where Yvette Presented ‘Making Classed Space? Religion, Sexuality and the Question of Class’.

We presented a paper ‘The Congregational Music of a Queer Christian Youth’  at the Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives Conference, in the beautiful setting of Ripon College at the University of Oxford.

We are just completing two edited collections for submission (publication 2014):

Queering Religion, Religious Queers will be published with Routledge;

‘Sexuality and Religion’ Special Issue, Sexualities.

July 2013

Our latest project newsletter is now live! See our Newsletter link above (Newsletter 4).

June 2013

We are very excited at the prospect of giving a paper this month at the annual conference of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion (ISSR), in Turku, Finland. Entitled ‘A Younger Religion? Queer Temporalities, Transitions, and Traditions’ we examine how queer religious young people ‘make space’ for sexuality and religion, how they craft their faith within and/or beyond overtly sacred spaces and queer linear ideas of belonging, traditions, and identity as fixed in place.

We have also just presented at the Critical Diversities@ the Intersection: Policies, Practices, Perspectives as part of their , ‘Divisive Realities: Lived Experiences’ seminar held at the Weeks Centre, London South Bank University – discussing the education and queer-identifying religious youth.

May 2013

Another busy month for the project – we have submitted an article to the Journal of Lesbian Studies (‘Making space for young lesbians in church?’) for their Special Issue on ‘Global Religious Experiences and Identities among Lesbians’. We have also completed a chapter for Heather Shipley’s edited collection, ‘Globalized Religion and Sexuality: Policies, Voices, Contexts’, entitled ‘Mapping Queer, Mapping Me: Visualising Queer Religious Identity’. A good month to have two bank holidays!

April 2013

Blog published on the project’s paper (The educational experiences of queer religious youth) presented at the GEA conference this month and the panel Yvette and Ria convened there on Sexuality, Spirituality, and the Educational Experience. Speakers included ourselves, Heather Shipley (University of Ottawa), Michael Keenan (Nottingham Trent University), and Rob Clucas (University of Hull).

On top of this, we have just given another paper at the British Sociological Association (BSA) Conference, London on  ‘Methodologies and Mapping a Queer-Identifying Religious Youth’ and discussed ‘Queer Cares’ at their roundtable on ‘Contemporary Caring’.

But no rest for us as we now fly out to LA to present research on ‘Queer Religious Youth: An Intersectional Analysis’ at the Annual Association of Geographers (AAG) Conference.

March 2013

This month we have visited the beautiful city of Barcelona to give a paper at the European Conference on Politics and Gender (ECPG), at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra,‘Engaging Queer Religious Youth’.


This has been a been a very busy year for the project so far. We have been presenting our findings internationally and taking part in some really interesting conversations at the following conferences:

European Conference on Gender and Politics (ECPG)

British Sociological Association (BSA)

American Association of Geographers (AAG)

Gender and Education Association (GEA)

More details to follow on our forthcoming conference papers at the International Society for the Sociology of Religion (ISSR) in Finland in June (‘A younger religion? Queer temporalities, transitions, and traditions’) and at the Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives (‘The Congregational Music of a Queer Christian Youth’) in Oxford in August.

We have several articles and chapters in the pipeline and will post links to them here just as soon as possible. Meanwhile, we are making progress on a ‘Sexuality and Religion’ special issue we are editing for Sexualities and our edited collection Queering Religion, Religious Queers (Routledge) is taking shape, both with some fantastic contributors. Again, more details to follow when we have publication dates and details.

October 2012

LATEST NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED: see the Newsletter tab above and let us know your thoughts on our Comments page…

Final interviews in Manchester and Newcastle this month 😦 But the good news is that our analysis of the data will start soon and we will be able to present and publish some of our provisional findings. Watch out for this month’s newsletter – COMING SOON!

September 2012

HOLD PRESS: the age range for participants has increased – we are now looking for people from 16 to early-30s….

Interviewing in Manchester and Newcastle throughout September and October – GET IN TOUCH snowdonr@lsbu.ac.uk

See our mention in Out! North East magazine – great circulation, very exciting to see what response we get!


August 2012

We are now enthusiastically looking for volunteers in Edinburgh and Manchester – could this be you? If you’d like to take part, get in touch asap – we can chat about what’s involved, pencil in a date to do the interview, and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the project’s progress.

Looking forward to hearing from you 😉

Check out http://www.genderandeducation.com/issues/queerreligiousyouth/ to find a summary of the project and some of our early research findings – let us know your thoughts?

June 2012

An exciting  new book informed by the project, Queering Religion, Religious Queers, edited byProf. Yvette Taylor and Dr Ria Snowdon, is to be published by Routledge in 2014.

Yvette Taylor was invited to give a talk on findings from the project at Durham University earlier this month:


Our latest newsletter has just been published, click on the Updates – Newsletters tab above.

You can find out about the Weeks Centre’s other exciting projects in the Centre’s newsletter, available on our blog at:


January 2012

Happy New Year!

Our next lot of interviews in Edinburgh and Manchester will begin in May so the updates will slow down until then. However, in the meantime if you identify as a young (16-25 years old) LGBTQ Christian and live in Edinburgh or Manchester and would like to get involved please contact us (click Contacts and Information tab above).

We have added a new page ‘Your Comments’ for any relevant links, stories, or comments that you would like to share.

December 2011

The Newcastle and Durham interviews have been completed, thank you again to those volunteers that have taken part and for their support for the project.

Interviews in Manchester and Edinburgh will begin in 2012 – if you’re interested, or would just like some more information, please get in touch!

Our newsletter has just been published, click on the Updates – Newsletters tab above.

November 2011

This is an exciting month. Newcastle participants are meeting this week and then we will be doing their individual interviews in the second half of the month. Durham volunteers also coming forward with interviews commencing soon.

Want to get involved? It’s never too late…just email me (snowdonr@lsbu.ac.uk) and I’ll arrange an interview date/time at your convenience…I look forward to hearing from you!

October 2011

Newcastle volunteers are coming forward. Hoping to have an initial meet in November and interviews to follow soon after…

We are looking for volunteers who are 16-24 years old – but if you are 25 years old we’d love to hear from you too!


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