One Gay Man Invited To Church of Ireland Homosexuality Conference

Published: March 9, 2012

400 members of the General Synod of the Church of Ireland will gather this weekend in County Cavan for a conference on homosexuality, but only one of them is officially gay.

According to the programme notes ‘Andrew’ a civil partnered man brought in from France will speak, alongside ‘Jonathan’, brought in from England, who has exited a gay relationship to become Director of a Christian ex-gay Ministry.

Dr Richard O’Leary (pictured), co-editor of the book Moving Forward Together: Homosexuality and the Church of Ireland and co-founder of Changing Attitude Ireland said that although he welcomed the holding of a conference, he was concerned that there were so few gay speakers and that "no lesbians had been invited as speakers or even as guests.

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