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  1. Anonymous
    Jan 03, 2012 @ 16:24:47

    Interesting article in The Guardian: ‘Religious Leaders are Out of Touch with Issues of Sexuality’

  2. Anonymous
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 16:47:59

    Interesting article on LGBT youth, faith and humanism in the United States.

  3. Anonymous
    Jan 11, 2012 @ 18:23:09

    Something a bit different, Mugabe’s reaction to pink refuse sacks donated by gay and lesbian pressure group during waste removal crisis:

  4. Kim Redgrave
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 14:47:06

    Call for Papers:
    Religion, Civil Religion, and the Common Good
    London Metropolitan University, 20th-21st June, 2012

    Conference organised by the Centre for the Study of Religion, Conflict and Cooperation (CSRCC) and the Centre for Contemporary Aristotelian Studies in Ethics and Politics (CASEP)

    Wednesday 20th June
    Prof. Ronald Beiner (University of Toronto), “Secularism as a Common Good”.
    Prof. Timothy Chappell (Open University), “Delivering the Goods”.
    Dr Patrick Riordan, S.J. (Heythrop College, University of London), “Talk of the Common Good: Promises and Prospects”
    Thursday 21st June
    Prof. Jeremy Carrette (University of Kent), tba.
    Prof. Brian Girvin (Glasgow University), “Religion, Liberalism and the Search for a Common Good”
    Lord Glasman of Stoke Newington and Stamford Hill (London Met), “Faith, Citizenship and the Politics of the Common Good”

    The controversial topic of religion, secularism and the common good is the focus of an international conference to be held in the heart of London, bringing together moral philosophers, political theorists, policy-makers, theologians and others to debate the idea and pursuit of the common good. Whereas secularization was once presumed to progressively marginalize faith, religious actors now refuse political marginalisation. The conference will ask how, why and to what purpose religious traditions and organisations promote political ideals. Perhaps they do so because they believe that modern individualism is contrary to the true common good, or because they believe it important to promote the modern idea of a common good of rights-bearing citizens. Perhaps it is because they believe that the idea of the common good is crucial to the defence of social welfare or even of society itself, or because they believe that a common good can now only be pursued within particular communities. The controversial and topical nature of the subject should stimulate new academic and policy thinking, in the UK and elsewhere.

    The two-day conference will explore the following issues:
    What is the common good?
    What have philosophers, such as Aquinas, Rousseau or Rawls, contributed to our understanding of the common good or of the public interest?
    What should be learned about the common good from Catholic, Protestant, Judaic or Islamic traditions?
    Does the very fact of religious pluralism entail that religion is now more an obstacle than an impetus to the common good?
    Does modern politics promote a civil substitute for traditional religion?
    How might particular communities or subsidiary institutions contribute to a wider common good?
    How are disputes about the common good best resolved?
    What are the prospects — in local communities, in the British state, and elsewhere — of actualizing the common good?

    We invite submissions from across disciplines including, but not limited to, philosophy of religion, moral and political philosophy, political science, and sociology of religion. Papers from under-represented groups in academia and the wider community are welcome.

    Proposals of papers should consist of a title, a 150-250 word abstract, and the author’s name and full contact information. Proposals for complete panels are encouraged.

    Deadline: 1st March 2012. Early submissions are especially welcome.

    Conference fee: £60 (£35 for one day). Concessions available.

    Please submit proposals (in MS Word or PDF) or queries to

    Please visit our webpage at which will shortly contain details of registration and accommodation.

  5. Hyo Shehab
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 13:52:16

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  6. Anon
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 15:24:00

    The Conference programme for the LGBT Lives –achieving our equality, challenging faith-based homophobia and transphobia is now on the CEC website

  7. Ria
    Apr 06, 2012 @ 11:07:34

  8. tayloryg
    Apr 07, 2012 @ 01:25:20

  9. tayloryg
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 03:52:45

    Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are. I pledge to spread this message to my friends, family and neighbors. I’ll speak up against hate and intolerance whenever I see it, at school and at work. I’ll provide hope for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and other bullied teens by letting them know that “It Gets Better.”

  10. tayloryg
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 17:55:06

    Sexuality, Gender Identity and Faith Conference
    Monday 11th June 2012, 10.30am – 6pm Joachim Room, St. Hild & Bede College, Durham University
    This one day event funded and hosted by Gender & Law at Durham (GLAD) brings together academic and non-academic speakers to offer new insights into the lived experiences of LGBT people of faith, and the issues involved in fostering greater cohesion between LGBT and faith communities. It bring together investigators from two major empirical projects in this area. Professor Yvette Taylor and Dr. Ria Snowdon (London South Bank University) will present findings from a new ESRC funded project “Making Space for Queer Identifying Religious Youth” (2011- ) and Dr. Sarah-Jane Page (Aston University) will draw on research from the AHRC/ESRC funded project “Religion, Youth and Sexuality: A Multi-faith Exploration” (2009-11).

    Sexuality, Gender Identity and Faith

  11. Francesca Stella
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 15:16:43

    Intolerant of intolerance?

    On the front page of the Guardian, the mayor of London Boris Johnson announces that anti-gay ads, part of a campaign sponsored by two conservative Anglican groups, will be banned from London buses. “London is one of the most tolerant cities in the world, and intolerant of intolerance”, he claims (

    The advert reads “Not gay! Post-gay, ex-gay and proud. Get over it!”, in support of (voluntary) ‘treatment’ to reeducate gay people to heterosexuality, and with reference to the slogan “Some people are gay. Get over it”, recently used by Stonewall in its campaign in support of gay marriage.

    I am torn between being glad I won’t have to see these slogans on the streets of London and feeling uncomfortable about the censorship exercised by the Conservative mayor. As someone who is not religious and a lesbian, I find the views expressed by the slogan ignorant, prejudiced and judgemental; but I’ve heard it all before and it washes over me. However, as the gay Labour MP Chris Bryant says, it is young people, coming to terms with their sexuality who may be more vulnerable to this kind of message. Young people who are Christian and questioning their sexuality may be especially affected.

    I am an advocate of free speech, and I wonder what were the intentions behind the ban, and what it will ultimately achieve. People are entitled to their own opinion after all, and should be free to express them, as long as they do not advocate or incite violence. The advert may be seen as perpetrating symbolic violence, but is censorship also not an act of symbolic violence? Do we not just have to agree to disagree, in a diverse multicultural society? In a book called Sexuality and the politics of violence and safety, Moran and Skeggs ask a provocative question which I think is relevant to debates on multiculturalism: the state and its institutions have a monopoly on legitimate violence (symbolic or not), but what happens when we, LGB people, victimised by state violence in the past, are able to mobilise this violence in the name of equality and human rights? The Guardian article reports the view expressed by Simon Barrow from Ekklesia that “banning this is usually a fairly good way to encourage a sense that people [conservative Christian groups] are being marginalised and persecuted. It could be a part of a developing tactic to draw attention to themselves and a way of using victimhood to galvanise sympathy and support” ( following day, David Shariatmadari argues in the Guardian that controversy is a “gift to bigots”, and that the Anglican groups promoting the campaign “have won a dollop of free publicity and can portray themselves as victims of persecution and censorship”. The view expressed in the slogan is clearly a minoritarian and marginal one even among conservative Christians, and an unpopular one in British society; allowing the campaign to go ahead would have discredited the campaigners in the eyes of the majority more than any intervention from above. [Neither Chris Bryant nor Ben Summerskill, director of Stonewall wanted the advert banned, advocating freedom of speech, while Shariatmadari wonders whether Boris Johnson seized an opportunity to “flaunt his modernising credentials before the polls” on 3 May by taking a stance on the adverts].

    The background to the controversy is the consultation on whether civil marriage (rather than civil partnerships) should be available to same-sex couples, currently underway in England and Wales and completed in Scotland in December 2011. The issue has triggered passionate debates, and there is concern that fundamentalist Christian groups have become more politicised and vocal in the UK, and have adopted strategies borrowed from similar groups in the US, where religious groups play a more prominent role in political life.

    Positions are much more complicated than either Stonewall or Christian denominations opposing equal marriage rights would have. Christian church-goers who are broadly supportive of equal eights and the legal recognition of same-sex couples may be irked by requests to sign petitions against ‘gay marriage’, and uncomfortable with the assumption that they would agree with the views expressed in the petition ( At the same time, they may find no fault with the current legislation that grants virtually the same rights to same-sex and opposite sex unions while also maintaining a distinction between marriage and civil partnership. Funnily enough, this seems to be exactly the same reaction that some LGBT people have (myself included) when asked to sign a petition to support gay marriage. Is there really a need to buy into an institution which has for so long symbolised oppression? Equal but different is fine, and civil partnerships are not necessarily seen as offering second-class status compared to marriage. The identities ‘gay’ and ‘religious’ are not mutually exclusive, and it would be interesting to find out whether equal marriage rights and the religious celebration of same-sex unions are an important issue for religious young people. The other issue sidetracked in current debates is who remains excluded by legally recognised forms of coupledom? In a recent article on pro-(gay) marriage campaigns in Scotland, the legal scholar Brian Dempsey argues that they promote a narrow view of what constitutes a ‘proper’ family, and they marginalise and discriminate against “adults and children who are not in families headed by a married couple”. (‘Strange bedfellows in the pro-marriage campaigns’, SCOLAG (2011), pp. 162-164).

    Current debates assume that Britain is a secular society, a point made both by Pope Benedict XVI during his 2011 visit to Britain and by his critics from humanistic and secularist societies ( But is it? A secular state is based on the principle of separation between political and religious institutions, and where political life is not influenced by religious authorities. Yet the Queen is both Head of State and the head of the Church of England. It is the Prime Minister and the Queen who formally appoint the Archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the Church of England and head of the Anglican communion worldwide, choosing from a shortlist of two selected by an assembly of Church of England bishops. The committee is due to convene in May, and is likely to appoint a conservative candidate as a successor of Rowan Williams, widely regarded as progressive and liberal, who will stand down in December. “The responsibility for choosing the next archbishop, a Crown appointment, rests with the Crown Nominations Commission. The latter will submit a preferred candidate and a second appointable candidate to the prime minster, who is constitutionally responsible for advising the Queen. The chair of the commission will be appointed by David Cameron” ( It will be interesting to see how much influence the Prime Minister is able to exercise on the final decision, and whether David Cameron will live up to the ‘pro-gay’ and modernising credentials that he, and some sections of the Conservative Party, have been at pains to demonstrate. [These ‘pro-gay’ stances are often used to score political points and to shore up family values nationally and nationalist discourses internationally (‘British democratic values’) internationally, but this is another matter].
    Indeed, if a traditionalist is appointed as Archbishop of Canterbury, what will the new Archbishop have to say on gay marriage? Is he likely to endorse conservative Anglican groups such as the ones behind the banned London ads?

  12. Anon
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 17:54:51

    Catholic church urges pupils to sign anti-gay marriage petitionPupils at state-funded Catholic schools in England and Wales being asked to back campaign against same-sex marriage

  13. Francesca
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 11:33:32

    Website on the work of the late Marcella Althuans-Reid, author of Indecent Theology and The Queer God

  14. queerreligiousyouth
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 06:01:06

    Church of England warning on gay marriage

  15. queerreligiousyouth
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 06:03:54

    ‘Younger people take religion seriously’ – Rowan Williams warns of downgrading of religious education

  16. queerreligiousyouth
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 06:19:47

  17. queerreligiousyouth
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 08:48:25

    Check out an exciting conference at Nottingham University 3 September 2012, Youth, Sexuality, and Religion

  18. queerreligiousyouth
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 05:46:25

    A summary of the project and some of our early research findings can be found at:

    Let us know your thoughts?

  19. queerreligiousyouth
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 09:33:21

    The Catholic church has said it will take its fight against same-sex marriage into Scottish schools. According to the bishops’ letter, a National Commission for Marriage and the Family will be launched, which would be especially important for young people and children. They would “develop an online presence and produce materials and organise events” to promote the cause.

    The Equality Network say that they would be “deeply concerned” by any attempt to take these activities into schools. “School should be a welcoming environment for all young people, regardless of their sexual orientation or their family situation,” he said.

  20. queerreligiousyouth
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 12:11:16

    Why are four Christians accusing their employers of discrimination?

    These debates show the ‘contradictions’ of an equalities frame and the awkward positioning between sexuality and religious ‘rights’ …What do you think?

  21. Alex Young
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 13:00:54 The latest post on my blog, which is about my life as a young transgender musician, Christian, etc.

  22. queerreligiousyouth
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 09:19:17

    Read Yvette Taylor’s blog about a recent LGBT Dialogue Day ‘between those working with and in LGBT communities and in and beyond academic communities’ some interesting (ongoing) conversations were stimulated:

  23. queerreligiousyouth
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 09:52:14

    See Yvette Taylor’s most recent blog, Watching a Wedding: Private-Publics – interesting issues raised given the intensified debates around same-sex marriage. Please leave your feedback here or on the comments form on the blog page…

  24. queerreligiousyouth
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 11:15:53

    This is a really powerful reminder of how prevalent casual homophobia can be in everyday language:!/today/

  25. queerreligiousyouth
    May 21, 2013 @ 12:33:28

    Church of Scotland General Assembly votes to allow gay ministers

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