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Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement

LGCM logoADMINISTRATIVE/BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY: The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) describes itself as "UK-based international Charity which challenges homophobia and transphobia, especially within the Church and faith based organisations".

The Gay Christian Movement was founded in 1976 with the Revd Richard Kirker as its first General Secretary. In 1977, local chapters were organised, followed in 1978 by the Women's Group, the Evangelical Fellowship in 1979 and Young Lesbian and Gay Christians in 2000. The name was eventually changed to the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement in 1987. The twentieth-anniversary event, held on 16 November 1996 at Southwark Cathedral with John Gladwin, then Bishop of Guildford, as preacher, was the first Anglican cathedral service in Britain held for gay people. Over 2,000 people attended. About 50 local churches held vigils in protest.

SCOPE AND CONTENT: Papers relating to the activities of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, including: press releases, correspondence, press cuttings, articles and other material, 2004-2009; VHS videos of LGCM talks and conferences, 2003-2004; placards and posters from campaigns and activities of the LGCM, 2003-2009.

QUANTITY: 2 boxes and oversized items.