Throughout most of church history there has been a deeply rooted belief that same-sex relationships are incompatible with a Christian lifestyle. In recent decades, as western society has become more embracing of homosexuality, bisexuality and transgender life, Christian voices advocating a traditional understanding of these issues have become more vocal and at times aggressive.
However, in recent years a multitude of Christians have started to rethink the issues around the Bible, theology, church and the inclusion of LGB+T people. This section creates space for the theology and practice of inclusion to be discussed and will offer resources that help make it a greater reality in churches across the globe. Personal stories and testimony will also be featured as a crucial reminder that behind these ‘issues’ are real human beings who have often been the victims of a savage and uncaring conversation.
Throughout the site, we will use the acronym ‘LGB+T’ to refer to ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual + Transgender.’ Both transgender and LGB people have experienced discrimination from churches and for a number of reasons it makes sense to include discussion of these issues in the same section. However, we are mindful that these issues are often all thrown together in a clumsy way. By adding the ‘+’ we are attempting to acknowledge that transgender issues are not simply an extension of the conversation around same-sex relationships and deserves a focus of its own. We welcome conversation around the best and most inclusive terms to adopt when using language that affects people’s lives.