Don’t tell me to choose between being religious and being gay, I can’t

DON’T TELL ME TO CHOOSE BETWEEN BEING GAY AND BEING RELIGIOUS, I CAN’T

Please take the time to read this blog post by our good friend Joey Knock

You can read the post in full over on Joey’s site

In this post Joey responds beautifully and eloquently to a piece published on the Gay Times website which was titled ‘if you’re gay and religious don’t you think you ought to consider giving one up?’.

Joey takes time to talk about how he considered both those choices n the past and why he is unable to give up either. He also talks extensively about churches around the country that are becoming increasingly affirming in their stance and mentions the Soho Gathering as an example. He raises the point that religion is not going away anytime soon and concludes that he is proud to be both gay and religious.

Joey closes the post in this way

“We need to keep hearing and keep telling stories. I’m a white male Anglican. Coming out as gay in the national church was easier than most people’s faith-based experiences. BBC Three’s new online series Queer Britain started last weekend by asking ‘Does God Hate Queers?’. Unlike Andy’s* ‘hot-take’, it went beyond the clickbait title and was a sensitive, snappy insight into faith in the lives of young queer Brits.

Andy, please listen to all our stories. Watch Queer Britain. Join us for a chat at Stonewall, or Christian Aid, or Soho Gathering. We’ll listen and question each other. I’ll probably be challenged to be even more gay and even more religious.”

*refers to the author of the original article