Sexuality and gender may have their own Inclusive Church book titles, but these aspects of human identity are very much linked. Trans, non-binary and intersex people are a vital part of the LGBTI+ community.
LGBTI people have made a major contribution to the life of the church through the ages, and in recent decades have become more visible. In many countries, including the UK, there has been growing acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBT&I) people, and awareness of the damage done by prejudice and discrimination.
Debates around the theology of sexuality have, for the past half-century or so, focused largely on homosexuality. Numerous scholars have contributed to this. Church historians, too, have considered the meaning of same-sex intimacy among Christians in medieval times and before. Scripture, tradition and reason have been crucial in addressing the opportunities and challenges arising from the diversity in creation.
Inclusive Church has been seeking to resist attempts to make the church more narrow and exclusive. We aim to promote serious study, dialogue and reflection.
In the UK, LGBT History Month is marked each February.
Inclusive Church works in partnership with a number of campaigning and support LGBTI organisations.
YouTube videos: Ruth Wilde and Khakan Qureshi
IC National Coordinator, Ruth Wilde, and founder of ‘Finding a Voice’, Khakan Qureshi, discuss Islam, Christianity, being LGBT and having a faith, theology, the story of Lot, the protests against schools in Birmingham and more on our YouTube channel here (pt 1) and here (pt 2).