creating space for LGBTQ+ PEOPLE IN THE CONVERSATION AROUND SAME SEX MARRIAGE IN THEir faith community
what is pride in marriage?
Pride in Marriage is The Gathering - Cardiff's second online event. Following the success of the Inclusive Conference in October 2020 Pride in Marriage seeks to continue encouraging faith communities to have open conversations around LGBTQ+ inclusivity and explore the shared intersections of faith and queer identity. an Wherever you are on the journey of LGBTQ+ inclusivity, we pray this event will be helpful for you.
Pride in Marriage brings the voices and experiences of real LGBTQ+ people to the forefront, providing space for real LGBTQ+ couples to discuss their marriage experience from a faith perspective. We recognise that there are many arguments for and against LGBTQ+ marriage within many religions, with hundreds of books, videos, podcasts and resources that argue both ways, and we know all of that can often bring more confusion than clarity. Pride in Marriage aims to simply re-centralise the voice of the people these arguments directly effect.
REAL LGBTQ+ COUPLES
Providing a platform for LGBTQ+ voices is at the heart of Pride in Marriage. Whether you have been married for many years, have just got engaged or are unsure of whether you and your partner can be married in you faith setting we want to hear from you.
Have your say and share your story - whatever that might look like - however you feel most comfortable, that can be through film or in writing there is no wrong way to contribute. (If you'd like to be filmed but are unsure of showing your face we are more than happy to film in a way that will protect your identity.)
We understand that one of the best ways for us to come together is through open, loving, communication. But we know conversation with LGBTQ+ people in a faith setting can be hard to come by. Many LGBTQ+ people have either experienced or fear rejection and hate from their faith community and may choose to stay in the closet or decide not to engage with faith openly. And of course, if you are not LGBTQ+ but want to be an ally it can feel daunting ask questions for fear of "getting it wrong".
As an answer to this, Pride in Marriage will host discussions and Q+As during Pride Cymru weekend in August.
Lastly, we recognise that Queer people from diverse faith backgrounds often face the same fears and struggles. We believe in and want to nurture a loving, encouraging Queer interfaith community for all people. We believe that together we are stronger, more resilient and richer and that together we can help to build a better future for Queer people of faith. We stand with you. We stand together.
We are currently looking for LGBTQ+ couples of faith to share their stories of marriage with us - no matter where you are on that journey. Being involved would include either recording your story on film - you can see examples here - (we understand the need for some people to remain anonymous and can accommodate for this) or providing a short written piece which will be available to read on our website.
We are also looking for speakers from faith backgrounds other than Christianity, to speak at our Live event during the Pride Cymru weekend. Ideally this will be someone with a professional religious background eager to encourage faith communities to welcome and affirm LGBTQ+ people.
If you have questions about the event or are interested in being involved send us a message and we'll get back to you!