Category Archives: Liverpool

What does it mean to be an Inclusive Church?

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LAST WEEKEND the church where my civil partner and I worship together celebrated Inclusive Church Sunday. Despite major building work which unexpectedly revealed the presence of asbestos, and has restricted access to the building during the week, last Sunday the doors opened for three special events to mark the occasion. The day was dedicated to Inclusive Church, a national campaign for… Read more »

Not on our bus, Or, We don’t need no segregation

WHEN I FIRST went to an LGBT social group in Bath in my late 20s, I met an older generation of gay men who would speak in code to each other to avoid ‘outing’ themselves to others who might overhear them. For example, when discussing another man and wondering if he were gay, they would say ‘Is he on our bus?’… Read more »

The power of love: An LGBT history of Liverpool

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Gaydio, the UK’s only radio station for the LGBT community, aired a documentary this week about the LGBT history of Liverpool. It’s a powerful and moving oral history told by members of Liverpool’s LGBT communities past and present. I was interviewed about my work with LGBT young people over the last eight years, and the impact of the attack on Michael Causer in… Read more »

‘I am what I am’ – A reflection on identity

The following text is a reflection I presented today during Morning Prayer at the church I attend with my partner. The church chooses a monthly theme for its services – this month’s theme was Musicals! When my partner and I were asked to lead a service on the theme of musicals, at first I thought: ‘How stereotypical! Asking a gay… Read more »

Waiting for the lovers – Why we can’t rewrite this love song yet

THIS HAUNTING AND POIGNANT SONG is dedicated to those who don’t feel free to love for fear of judgement, or even physical assault, by others who assume their love is wrong: They met across the dance floor just like many other lovers Each of them were caught within a trance And with the nervousness of any other lover He went… Read more »

‘He was killed because he loved another boy’ – Why I support LGBT youth

MARCH 1st was the third anniversary of the first meeting of the Michael Causer Foundation. Michael Causer, from Whiston, Merseyside, died on 2nd August 2008 aged just 18 after being brutally assaulted and left for dead eight days earlier. The parents of the murdered gay teenager have set up a Foundation in his name to provide housing and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual… Read more »

Are we there yet? – The road to marriage equality

  THE HOUSE of Commons vote in favour of same-sex marriage on Tuesday 5th February was a landmark for equality, but it’s not the end of the journey – As Liverpool prepares to host the UK’s first National Gay Wedding Show next month, this is my personal response to the marriage equality debate, written for the March issue of Seen magazine, for Merseyside’s… Read more »

Keeping faith in Pride

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TONIGHT I was invited to share my story at the local meeting of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, which describes itself as: a UK-based international charity which challenges homophobia and transphobia, especially within the Church and faith based organisations, as well as working to create and praying for an inclusive church. The timing seemed apt, as I planned to… Read more »

Photo A Day – December 11: Sweet #FMSphotoaday

A TASTE OF AUSTRALIA will be with us for Christmas this year – a ginger and banana Christmas pudding! Lighter and less rich than the traditional British pudding, my partner has been making this every Christmas for years, and I am delighted he has kept the tradition going since moving to the UK. He is a great cook, host and… Read more »

Photo A Day – December 10: Under #FMSphotoaday

THE GIFTS from Australia have arrived, and are the first under the tree. My partner is from Sydney, Australia, but we can’t afford to go there every year at the height of their summer, so his mum has sent a box of goodies for him and me, including hand-knitted decorations for the tree! We also have a few Aussie themed… Read more »