I have written about my experience as a gay Christian, as part of the first same sex couple to register our civil partnership in a place of worship in the UK, and as a youth worker and volunteer for the LGBT community in Liverpool, knowing I have the ability to speak on these issues where many feel unheard.
But as the pace of life has changed, and I have taken on a new role as Development Worker for the Michael Causer Foundation, to provide accommodation and support for vulnerable LGBT young people, so I have fallen silent. Not because there is nothing to say – on the contrary, there is almost too much. In the last few months, the number of countries around the world which have achieved marriage equality for same-sex couples has risen rapidly to 14, not including other states whose regional government has also voted for it, including twelve states in the USA, an increase of one a month for the last six months. As the Youtube campaign to support vulnerable LGBT youth has said more than 50,000 times, It Gets Better.
But in the wake of progress the spotlight falls on how much more there is to do to eradicate the prejudice that permits discrimination and prejudice towards LGBT people to flourish.
HAVE YOU EVER wondered why people are so different? Why they can’t all be like you? Why people don’t understand where you’re coming from or what makes you tick?
Welcome to the human race – questions like these have preoccupied us for centuries, and no doubt will for generations to come.
There have been many attempts to explain the diversity of personality, but few as enduring as the Enneagram (from the Greek for ‘nine ways’.)
TONIGHT WE HAD a visit from an Open University Researcher who is working on a project called: Enduring Love? Couple Relationships in the 21st Century.
My partner completed an online questionnaire a few months ago and we were selected from more than 5000 people who completed the questionnaire to be one of 60 couples who are interviewed for the second stage of research into the development of personal and family lives in contemporary Britain.