Welcome to the project homepage of Sexuality, Gender Identity and Belief: The Leicester Approach.
Here you will find all you need to know and more about the project.
In partnership with St Philip’s Centre, and funded by Leicester City Council’s Community Engagement Fund, Trade Sexual Health will be running a series of engagement activities to provide open discussions between faith communities and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) communities of Leicester.
To kick-start the project, we held a launch event in the Queen's Building at De Montfort University, where we had nearly 40 delegates in attendance and some inspirational guest speakers to help everyone understand why a project like this is needed.
This launch event introduced the project, giving a background on what we are proposing to do and research which has sparked our inspiration for this project. There was an opportunity to hear stories from LGB&T people of faith, and their journeys and struggles of reconciling their sexuality, gender identity and faith, as well as participation in the next stages of the project.
To view the programme, click here.
To view the introductory presentation, presented by Makinder Chahal (Trade Sexual Health) and Revd Dr Tom Wilson (St Philip's Centre), click here.
For further information on the Naz & Matt Foundation following Matthew Mahmood-Ogston speaking at the launch event, click here.
The next stage of the project brought together faith communities, faith community leaders, LGB&T communities, LGB&T people of faith and others interested in the project in a series of shared conversations which took place over March and April.
The aim of these shared conversations was to bring people together to discuss further some of the themes that came out of the break-out sessions at the launch event, but also to discuss and shape the local LGB&T people of faith communities toolkit.
The questions asked at the shared conversations were:
The same themes and topics were discussed at each shared conversation session and the safe space agreement (see above) was implemented at each shared conversation.
After evaluating the findings from the shared conversations and the launch event discussion groups, we decided that our original plans of developing a toolkit were vast and extensive and could not be done in the timescale of the project. We also discovered that the project had simply just scratched the surface on the topic of sexuality, gender identity and belief, with a majority of people saying that more continuous work needs to be done, which would require further time and resources.
However, instead of a toolkit, we have created a guidance document for faith communities to used, based on some of the key findings from the overall project.
The guidance document details the experience of LGB&T people of faith with a number of case studies and makes recommendations for how faith and belief communities can respond and best support LGB&T people of faith in a more inclusive way.