Roy Clements was born in 1946 and grew up in the East End of London. After gaining a 1st in Chemistry at Nottingham University, he completed a PhD in Chemical Physics at Imperial College London. Sensing a call to Christian ministry, he then worked for the University and Colleges Christian Fellowship (1971-74) before serving as assistant pastor of Nairobi Baptist Church in Kenya (1974-79). On returning to the UK, he became pastor of Eden Baptist Church, Cambridge, where he developed a highly successful ministry to students. Over a period of some twenty years, he gained an international reputation as an expository preacher and served on the boards of several leading evangelical institutions and conferences. In 1999, his homosexual orientation was reported in the press, a revelation that led to the end of his Christian ministry and the breakdown of his marriage. From 2000 until his retirement in 2016, he worked as a tutor in the Centre for Academic English at Imperial College London. He now lives with Chris, his civil partner, in Harrow-on-the-Hill and Brighton.
The Christian Closet
Offers a fully LGBTQ teams of counsellors and coaches providing 100% virtual mental and spiritual health services.
Kairos is a group of Jesus-centred LGBTQI people and straight allies. We meet in the presence of God to provide a place of safety, mutual support and celebration so that we can be strengthened to live joyfully and confidently for God, as the people we were made to be. (Based in Woking, Surrey)
Two:23 is a network of Christians, connected by LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) issues, who have discovered that God loves us just as we are. This realisation frees us to unashamedly include and encourage all to discover the love of God for themselves, pursue the call of Christ and live in a way that cherishes others just as God cherishes us.
The Gathering Space
The Gathering Space is a supportive and friendly Facebook-based community for LGBTQ Christians living in the UK and Ireland. It is run by a team including Rachel, Lisa-Jayne, David and Alex, who are also on the Two:23 Team.
It’s a great place to get to know other LGBTQ Christians, to give and offer support, and to find out about LGBTQ-related Christian meetings in your area.
It is categorised as a “secret” group on Facebook, so none of your other friends on Facebook will be able to see that you are a member, if that would be a concern for you.
Since Covid19 kicked in, we have also started hosting Zoom small groups several nights a week, which are a wonderful opportunity to get to know other LGBTQ Christians at this difficult time.
To find out more or to join, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ozanne Foundation
We Believe in Just Love For All!
The Ozanne Foundation believes in a world where all are accepted and equally valued. We therefore work with religious organisations around the world to eliminate discrimination based on sexuality or gender in order to celebrate the equality and diversity of all.
. . . is a bi-weekly blog that has the backing of some of the most senior figures in the Church of England in order to prompt a deeper level of reflection.
Founded by Jayne Ozanne, this website aims to bring the historic Anglican perspective of the ‘Via Media’ [the Middle Way] to debates that are current in the Church of England.
Backed by figures such as the Bishop of Manchester, the Bishop of Liverpool and the Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, the site features contributions from a range of influential figures from the Anglican and other traditions as they attempt to bridge the divides that separate many in the Church.
Avoiding divisive positions, the writers look at issues in the Church and the wider world as they seek to bring a fresh perspective to areas of controversy.
One Body One Faith
Formerly the Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement (incorporating Accepting Evangelicals & Changing Attitude)
One Body One Faith is a dynamic grassroots charity that enables LGBT+ Christians and advocates for change within the church, ecumenically and intentionally in partnership with likeminded organisations.
For many LGBT+ Christians places of Christian worship and community remain harmful and challenging. We are committed to stopping abuse through initiatives such as the Ban Conversion Therapy coalition; embracing positive change such as the advent of marriage equality in many traditions; and the transformation of church structures: our desire is for LGBT+ Christians to thrive, not just survive.
Network of Baptists/Affirm
Affirm is a UK network of Baptist Christians working together for LGBT+ inclusion, founded in 2000.
European Forum of LGBTI Christian Groups
The European Forum of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Christian Groups is an ecumenical association of LGBT Christian groups in Europe. The European Forum aims to achieve equality and inclusion for LGBT people within and through Christian churches and other religious bodies and multilateral organisations.
With over 40 member groups from more than 20 countries in Europe, the European Forum works for freedom of religion for LGBT people, for human rights, for the dignity of LGBT people and for an affirmative discourse on human sexuality.
LGBTI Pastoral Chaplaincy, Guildford Diocese
The Revd Stephen Cox leads a small team of pastoral chaplains available for LGBTI+ people (and their friends and relatives). God loves everyone. We don’t push a line or an agenda. We aim to assist you to flourish in your Christian faith whatever path you choose. We can provide a listening ear (not counselling).
FFLAG: Friends & Families of Lesbians & Gays
FFLAG is a national voluntary organisation and registered charity. We are dedicated to supporting parents and families and their LGBT+ members.
We offer support to local parents’ groups and contacts in their efforts to help parents and families understand, accept and support their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members with love and pride. FFLAG volunteers are parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans children supported by other volunteers.
These young people and their families face serious homophobia and transphobia in our society, which brings in its wake prejudice, bullying and alienation.
No Matter What Trauma Resource
Along the life journey of LGBT individuals, there are oftentimes one or several events that negatively impact this specific community.
Many people in the community have experienced traumatic events, all related to their sexual orientation, gender presentation, and gender identity.
Trauma and the LGBT community are nuanced and complex issues that pervade social groups, communities, and countries. This guide attempts to walk you through the topic to stay informed and updated on this critical issue.
Trauma and the LGBTQ Community
The term LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. However, it is an umbrella term to include various gender identities and presentations that do not fit into the heterosexual or cisgender category.
Some other identities LGBT represents are asexual, two-spirit, queer, questioning, and ally.
And now to understand what trauma: a term used to describe events and circumstances that are physically, emotionally, and socially life-threatening or harmful.
It impairs the ability of the affected individual to cope. It also affects a person’s well-being.