STONEWALL, the UK’s leading LGBT rights lobby and charity group, has published a new book titled Christian Role Models for LGBT Equality for LGBT Christians seeking equality in the church.

In the book, Christians from across the world, including the eastern Africa, western Africa, the Caribbean, Russia, Poland, South America, the US, east Asia, the Pacific and the UK have spoken about how they have embraced their LGBT identity within their faith.

[showads ad=MREC]The people in the book who tell their stories come from different backgrounds, with some being priests or have been imprisoned, while others are in relationships.

Stonewall chief executive Ruth Hunt said the book was released to show the wider community that LGBT people of faith do exist and were part of faith societies.

“It’s been harder for me to come out as a Catholic than it was to come out as a lesbian, at least I had the backing of the LGBT community when I came out as a lesbian,” she told the Star Observer.

“This is why the book is so important. It lets LGBT people of faith know they are not alone and helps faith communities understand how they can support LGBT members of their community.

“This book shows there is a community of LGBT people of faith in the world and that they have strong Christian allies.

“This in turn shows that international Christian communities can embrace and respect a greater theological diversity than we are led to believe.”

The book is available for free through Stonewall’s site here.

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