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Understand the LGBTQIA+ news this week: Anglican Church, Liz Truss, Brittney Grinner and more

Understand the LGBTQIA+ news this week: Anglican Church, Liz Truss, Brittney Grinner and more

Jamie Wareham
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Every Saturday, QueerAF helps you understand the queer headlines and stay on top of the latest LGBTQIA+ content - all while we support queer creatives. It's written by me, Jamie Wareham, and a different queer creative each week.

💬 This week:

  • It’s a sin. Why a 1998 church resolution that marriage is only between a “man and a woman” was ‘reaffirmed’, causing great upset
  • Truss vs Sunak. As conservative members cast their ballots for the UK’s next PM, analysis of the reach for ‘hate votes,’ and what means for LGBTQIA+ people.
  • Nigeria. An election is set to take place, but none of it is good news for queer folk. Obinna Tony-Francis Ochem writes about the candidates, and Kito, a cruel, violent hate crime.

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💒 It’s a sin: Why the Anglican church just reaffirmed an anti-gay 1998 resolution

The Anglican Church meets once every ten years. In their latest ‘Lambeth’ gathering, the church leaders voted to reaffirm a nearly 25-year-old ruling that being gay is a sin, to the dismay of many LGBTIQA+ who have faith.

Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the global Anglican church, caused great upset this week when he said a 1998 declaration that gay sex is a sin was “not in doubt”.

He made the comments at a once-a-decade conference with 650 Anglican leaders in attendance.

He said that, for “a large majority” of conservative Anglicans, questioning biblical teaching was “unthinkable”. And to do so could cause issues for the church.But Welby also said he wouldn't discipline or exclude churches that do conduct or bless same-sex marriage. Equally, he warned the conference that in liberal democracies, not shifting this traditional teaching would also create problems for the church - The Guardian

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