Manchester Cathedral Celebrate LGBT Life

Publish Date: 26/06/2012

Celebrating LGBT lives with God - Being who we are born to be.

On 10th October 2012 a special service celebrating Manchester's diverse LGBT community will be held in Manchester Cathedral with The Bishop of Manchester, the Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch alongside many local LGBT groups and organisations. 

This is the third such event to take place in Manchester Cathedral and is an initiative developed by Bishop Nigel and his Advisory Group on Sexuality, together with The Lesbian & Gay Foundation.

The aim of the service which first took place in 2008 and again in 2010 is about including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as part of the local community, while also celebrating Manchester's rich LGBT heritage and communities.

The date for the 2012 service has been chosen to coincide with World Mental Health Day (10th October) and International Coming out Day (11th/12th) to promote awareness of the struggles that many LGB&T people, particularly the young, still face when dealing with issues around sexual orientation, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.  This year there will be a particular focus on the importance of being true to ourselves and free to be ourselves before God whilst being fully supported within our faith.

The event  will also serve as a tribute to Bishop Nigel who has led the way on this issue within the  Manchester Diocese and also nationally within the Church of England.

Over the last decade Bishop Nigel  has been reaching out to all those in marginalised communities and he has been working to enable a greater understanding of diverse sexual orientation and  has spoken many times about the need to remember that absolutely everyone is worthy of God’s love and that we are all made in God’s image. He has also paid tribute to the many LGBT people and organisations that campaign for inclusion,and has ensured that everyone, particularly LGBT communities, are welcomed at the Cathedral, and many other churches in his diocese.

Bishop Nigel has also spoken about the fight against homophobia: "It would be too easy to rest on our laurels and not remember the many people who are suffering every day because of the homophobia that still exists within our society - those who cannot come to terms with their own sexual orientation or are worried for friends or loved ones who endure incredible hardships because of hate crime attacks, fear, prejudice, ignorance and probably the worst of all rejection.”

Celebrate 2012 is being hosted in partnership with The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, and other LGBT groups are being invited to take part. The event is open to all, and LGBT people of any faith (or none) are warmly welcomed to celebrate this unique event in Manchester’s LGBT and Faith calendar

Celebrate 2012

Manchester Cathedral

Wednesday 10 October 2012

7.30pm-9.00pm

All Welcome

For more information or to confirm attendance contact: andrew.gilliver@lgf.org.uk