Just As I Am

The LGBT Clergy of the Church of England

Just As I Am The Church of England’s attitude to same-sex relationships is complex and troubled. Now LGBT clergy are leading the battle for change and acceptance.

The Church of England’s interpretation of the Bible is far from accepting of non-heterosexual relationships. “I had an internal battle,” says Michael, a gay priest, “because the way I still felt in my heart of hearts, at the core of my being, was that it wasn't wrong.” Another priest, Andrew, feels that he has been discriminated against after marrying a male partner: “I’m on a blacklist, basically.” By speaking out, the Church’s own ranks are leading the struggle for change.
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