Accepting who you are: LGBT+ community, faith and conversion therapy
It has been 1000 days since the Government pledged to ban conversion therapy and, following the Queen’s recent speech, there is an opportunity to believe that this is moving along. However, as Imogen, Steve and Matt discuss, there is also a lot of scepticism and loss of hope.
Listen below to this insightful discussion of personal stories, religion and LGBT+ identity.
Steve Chalke founded the Oasis Trust back in 1985 with a vision to build inclusive local communities. Oasis is now one of the largest charities in the UK, as well as working in a host of other countries. It provides housing, education, healthcare and various other community-building initiatives. It's also now working with the Ministry of Justice to create the UK’s first Secure School.
Steve is an author, speaker, former UN Special Advisor on Human Trafficking and a Baptist minister. He holds an MBE and various honorary fellowships, all awarded for his work in social inclusion and justice. He still leads Oasis and is also the senior minister of Oasis Church Waterloo in central London – a place of inclusion where all are welcome.
Co-founder of the Ban Conversion Therapy campaign, Matthew grew up in rural County Londonderry in Northern Ireland. Coming out within a religious community was difficult. In July 2020, he co-founded the Ban Conversion Therapy campaign to try and bring an end to the harmful and degrading practice.
Imogen Hamblin identifies as a cis-gendered lesbian woman. She is an employment lawyer at Thrive Law and specialises in discrimination claims.
Imogen has recently joined the Law Society's LGBT+ Committee, building on her previous work to raise diversity and inclusion across the profession.