When I was 32, my friend Greg asked me if I was seeing anyone. I cried because this was the first time in my life anybody had ever asked me that question with simplicity and open heartedness. There is a public dimension to having your capacity to love acknowledged.
Last week I had the real pleasure of an extended conversation with Cathy MacDonald from the BBC Radio Scotland programme "Sunday Morning with Cathy MacDonald". The audio is through the link. We spoke about Corrymeela, poetry, theology, conflict, LGBT identity and national identity. There is some music interspersed throughout.
Today is Pride.
On Thursday and Friday I attended the first Xchange summer school. The 2 day event brought speakers and participants together to talk about social change in Northern Ireland, and particularly sought to reframe the starting points for conversations. Our topics were the Arts, the Media, Liberties and History. I gave short input on Liberties from an LGBT perspective.
Audio and text of talk "Love is the great endeavour" given at a Church of Ireland tripartite conference, March 29, 2014. The conference was organised to facilitate dialogue with and about human sexuality, particularly about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender stories, faith, loves and relationships.
Full text of the legal petition against the Anti Homosexuality Bill in Uganda linked here, as well as the welcome statement from former Ugandan Vice-President Dr. Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe.
International Women's day is a good day to honour Kasha Jacqueline. Yesterday, she began a process challenging the constitutionality of the Anti Homosexuality Bill. Today, and every day, is a good day to honour her bravery, courage and truth telling.