The event has the full support of The Bishop of Manchester, the Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch, who will be attending the service which is scheduled ahead of International Coming Out Day on 11th October, to highlight the importance of supporting people of diverse sexual orientation within faith networks.

This is the third such event to take place in Manchester Cathedral and is an initiative developed by Bishop Nigel and his Advisory Group on Sexuality, together with The Lesbian & Gay Foundation. The aim of the service is about including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as part of the local community, while also celebrating Manchester’s rich LGB&T heritage.

The date for the 2012 service has been chosen to coincide with World Mental Health Day (10th October) and International Coming out Day (11th October) to promote awareness of the struggles that many LGB&T people face when dealing with issues around sexual orientation, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

The event will also serve as a tribute to Bishop Nigel who has led the way on this issue within the Manchester Diocese and also nationally within the Church of England.

Over the last decade Bishop Nigel has been reaching out to all those in marginalised communities and has been working to enable a greater understanding of diverse sexual orientation having spoken many times about the need to remember that absolutely everyone is worthy of God’s love and that we are all made in God’s image.

The Bishop has also paid tribute to the many LGBT people and organisations that campaign for inclusion, and has ensured that everyone, particularly LGBT communities, are welcomed at the Cathedral, and many other churches in his diocese.

Bishop Nigel has also spoken about the fight against homophobia: “It would be too easy to rest on our laurels and not remember the many people who are suffering every day because of the homophobia that still exists within our society – those who cannot come to terms with their own sexual orientation or are worried for friends or loved ones who endure incredible hardships because of hate crime attacks, fear, prejudice, ignorance and probably the worst of all rejection.”

Celebrate 2012 is being hosted in partnership with The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, and the event is open to all, and LGBT people of any faith (or none) are warmly welcomed to celebrate this unique event in Manchester’s LGBT and Faith calendar.

Celebrate 2012; Manchester Cathedral; Wednesday 10 October 2012; 7.30pm-9.00pm

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