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HEALTH IN DIFFERENCE          Doing Diversity7th National LGBTI Health Conference 2010
An Emerging Group in the LGBTI         Community:   People of Faith & Religion  The Issues They Face & Their         Speci...
LGBTI people of faith and religion have specificneeds that have not always been identified orcatered for. They experience ...
Background•   Sexuality and eternity•   Attempts to conform to heterosexuality•   Years of internalised homophobia•   Soci...
LGBTI people from faith backgrounds experienceall the things non-faith LGBTI people do, but theyoften experience them with...
Impact•   Potential and real suicidality•   Mental health issues•   Self destructive behaviours•   Obsessive behaviours an...
Needs•   Information•   Acceptance•   Non-judgment•   Equality•   Safe spaces•   Connection with like-minded people
Networking LGBTI People from Christian            Backgrounds
Networking LGBTI People from Christian            Backgrounds
Networking LGBTI People from Christian            Backgrounds
ContactAmbassadors & Bridge Builders       International   www.gayambassador.com   info@gayambassador.com      www.freedom...
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LGBT PEOPLE OF FAITH AND RELIGION: The issues they face and specific needs

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This presentation is a snapshot of the seminar/workshop 'Walking Between Worlds - working effectively with LGBT people from faith backgrounds. http://lgbttraining.blogspot.com/p/community-training.html

LGBT people of faith and religion exist in/or have experienced two worlds; often intensely opposed to each other. They experience the usual issues of resolving their sexuality, coming out, finding their place in the community and learning what it means to live authentically in a predominately straight world. However, they often experience these with greater intensity and have additional issues to deal with.

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LGBT PEOPLE OF FAITH AND RELIGION: The issues they face and specific needs

  1. 1. HEALTH IN DIFFERENCE Doing Diversity7th National LGBTI Health Conference 2010
  2. 2. An Emerging Group in the LGBTI Community: People of Faith & Religion The Issues They Face & Their Specific Needs Presenter: Anthony Venn-Brown
  3. 3. LGBTI people of faith and religion have specificneeds that have not always been identified orcatered for. They experience the usual issues ofresolving their sexuality or gender identity, comingout, finding their place in the community andlearning what it means to live authentically in apredominately straight world. Often however, they experience these things with greater intensity and also have additional issues to deal with.
  4. 4. Background• Sexuality and eternity• Attempts to conform to heterosexuality• Years of internalised homophobia• Social network• Purpose & meaning
  5. 5. LGBTI people from faith backgrounds experienceall the things non-faith LGBTI people do, but theyoften experience them with greater intensity andhave additional issues to deal with.Considering all these factors, my belief is that,LGBTI people from faith and religious backgroundsare possibly one of the highest risk groups in ourcommunity.
  6. 6. Impact• Potential and real suicidality• Mental health issues• Self destructive behaviours• Obsessive behaviours and addictions• HIV & STI infection• Discrimination
  7. 7. Needs• Information• Acceptance• Non-judgment• Equality• Safe spaces• Connection with like-minded people
  8. 8. Networking LGBTI People from Christian Backgrounds
  9. 9. Networking LGBTI People from Christian Backgrounds
  10. 10. Networking LGBTI People from Christian Backgrounds
  11. 11. ContactAmbassadors & Bridge Builders International www.gayambassador.com info@gayambassador.com www.freedom2b.org

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