Priory to host LGBT activist lecture

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu during his visit to Lancaster Priory on Thursday.'The Archbishop with the Vicar of Lancaster Priory the Rev Chris Newlands.
The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu during his visit to Lancaster Priory on Thursday.'The Archbishop with the Vicar of Lancaster Priory the Rev Chris Newlands.

The boss of Europe’s largest activist groups for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people is to give a lecture at Lancaster Priory.

Ruth Hunt is the chief executive of London-based Stonewall, founded in 1989 to protest against the introduction of Section 28, which stated that a local authority ‘shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality’.

Its founders included Sir Ian McKellen and Lord Michael Cashman.

Most recently, its campaign has included posters on London buses with the strapline ‘Some people are gay: get over it!’

Rev Chris Newlands, vicar of Lancaster Priory said: “Ruth will be giving a lecture in which she will comment on the Church of England’s attitude to LGBT people. I think it is fair to say this will be quite provocative – and it is a real coup for us to get Ruth to come to Lancaster to give this lecture, and I hope it will be very well attended not just by people who agree with her, but by people who will wish to engage with what she has to say, and even to challenge her views.”

Mr Newlands was recently elected to the General Synod, the governing body of the Church of England, and said he will use his position there to continue to press for greater inclusion of LGBT people in the life of the Church of England. The lecture will take place on Tuesday October 27 at 7.30 pm. All are welcome.