Category Archives: LGBT Stories

Trigger Warning!

by the Venerable Peter Leonard, Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight and Chair of OneBodyOneFaith Have you noticed how often this warning appears on social media posts or blogs in recent years? A friendly statement that there may be material … Continue reading

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“Another Way is Possible….”

by the Revd Nick Bundock, Team Rector of St James & Emmanuel, Didsbury I just want you to re-read that phrase again because it’s really important. Another way is possible.  I’m able to say that not as a theologian theorising … Continue reading

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Justin’s Story – “I was taught to hate the very ones who loved me”

by Justin, a survivor of conversion therapy who was nearly crushed under the shame but is now a minister in training Like many others, I was once that lively, passionate, charismatic Christian. I stood out, I was bold and courageous, … Continue reading

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Annie’s Story – “I Did My Best to Conform, But…”

by Annie, a victim of abuse who found succour in the charismatic church – where she was subjected to even more abuse…. My childhood and teenage years were marked by abuse and chaos, and when I discovered Christian faith in … Continue reading

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Peter’s Story – Conditioning Causes Shame & Self-Hatred

by Peter (a pseudonym), a survivor of conversion therapy  Why do people seek out Conversion Therapy and prayer/deliverance ministries? For me, I did because I thought it could ‘correct’ my sexuality. It is only with hindsight that I now know … Continue reading

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Kate’s Story

by Kate, a transgender woman from the north of England, who bravely shares her horrific experience of being prayed for in three different evangelical churches.   This is spiritual abuse, and shows clearly why a ban on conversion therapy must … Continue reading

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Yve’s Story – “I Felt Set Up To Fail”

by Yve, who has experienced both the very worst and the very best of the Church of England. I first knew something was different about me when I was six, and first started wearing my mum’s clothes. From that moment … Continue reading

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Steven’s Story – “I felt I had no option but to make a formal complaint to the Garda”

by Steven Smyrl, a married gay former elder in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland I was ordained an elder in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) in 2007. The PCI is the largest Protestant denomination in Northern Ireland, and also … Continue reading

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Jaime’s Story – “They had absolutely no idea what to do with me”

by Jaime Sommers, a bisexual 50 year old woman whose story of abuse by the Church of England will shock many My name is Jaime and I am 50 years old. I have been dual-attracted to both men and women … Continue reading

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Rachel’s Story – I Don’t Want to Be Part of An Institution that Allows Abuse

by Rachel, a 30 something Christian, hockey player and lesbian whose experience in an HTB plant has seriously damaged her faith.  My name is Rachel and I am a 30 something hockey player, Christian, theatre-goer and lesbian. I came out … Continue reading

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