Prominent members from across the Christian faiths have come together under the title of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Network in protest against World Youth Day.

Gay members of the Catholic, Uniting, Pentecostal and Anglican faiths will join in a service entitled Lesbian, Gay, Queer -“ And Christian: Claiming Our Place, Celebrating Our Diversity.

We will share our spiritual wisdom and encourage a new generation of gay youth to embrace their sexuality as good, holy and God-given, Catholic author and activist Michael Kelly told Sydney Star Observer.

The version of Christianity that is coming to Sydney during WYD has no place for strong, self-affirming gay people, for our relationships, our experiences, our voice.

We will not be silent and allow another generation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth to be told that they are disordered, that their sexual relationships are evil and that they must be silent and invisible if they wish to be part of the church.

We call on gay and lesbian Christians, on our families, friends and supporters, to join us in standing up for the goodness of being gay. We will not allow right-wing religious propaganda to silence our faith, hope and love.

The peaceful protest will be led by Kelly, along with Dorothy McRae-McMahon from the Uniting Church, former Pentecostal minister Anthony Venn-Brown and Anglican
David Redder.

info: Lesbian, Gay, Queer -“ And Christian: Claiming Our Place, Celebrating Our Diversity will be held at the Pitt St Uniting Church, 264 Pitt St, on 13 July from 2.30pm. For info phone 9267 3614.

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