Six attended our Online Welcome Social in Zoom this month, from Devon, Hampshire, Leicester, Birmingham, & London.
Much of the discussion was about religious attitudes to homosexuality. Our Muslim participants, originally from Pakistan, spoke movingly about their family’s refusal to accept homosexuality in any form and even to disown (and worse) their gay children. In more (relatively liberal) Muslim countries, men could have same-sex liaisons, provided they married and brought up a family. One participant from the Midlands attended an Anglican church, and it openly welcomed gay lgbti+ people. However we were sad that its bishops have recently, after ten years reflection, rejected same sex religious marriage. We noted how Ireland had moved on sexual matters from extreme religious orthodoxy to the complete opposite in just a few decades, partly in reaction the huge level sexual abuse in the Catholic Church there.