LGBTQ+ History Month: Spirituality, LGBTQ+ Activism & Mental Health – Zoom Panel Discussion

February 29, 2024
07:30 pm - 08:30 pm


February 29


07:30 pm - 08:30 pm

Event Website


As part of Birmingham City Council’s Public Health Department’s Pride Well Summit for LGBTQ+ History Month, Inclusive Gathering Birmingham is delighted to be fascilitating a Zoom panel discussion with three LGBTQ+ activists of different faith traditions. Reserve your free spot here.

We’ll be discussing how their faith identity/ spirituality fuels and supports their LGBTQIA+ activism and their daily life as queer people. How does their faith tradition or spirituality give them hope? What are the challenges of being at the intersection of faith and queer identity? How do spiritual practices or core beliefs support their mental health, particularly when facing those who espouse homophobic, racist or transphobic views? Where do they find resilience and comradery? There will be time for interactive discussion and Q&A.

Our discussion will be chaired by Dr Naomi Bennett-Steele [they/she] (Inclusive Gathering Birmingham’s Core Leadership Team). Naomi will be joined by New York City-based Rev Elizabeth Edman [she/her] (Queer priest/ activist and author of Queer Virtue: What LGBTQIA+ People Know about Life and Love and How it Can Revitalize Christianity), Al Sadiq [he/him] (of IMAAN LGBTQ – the UK’s leading LGBTQ Muslim charity & UK Black Pride Inclusive Interfaith Chaplaincy) and Naomi (pronounced Nairmi) Rowe [they/ them] (a Jewish non-binary activist & music psychotherapist specialising in work with neuroqueer people. Naomi is Birmingham-based and a trustee of the Trans Tea Room).

Inclusive Gathering Birmingham is a diverse, justice-seeking, LGBTQIA+ affirming church for ALL based in Brum’s Gay Village (Southside District – Birmingham City Centre). We’re a community learning to practice God’s radical love & inclusion the best we can. Inclusive Gathering Birmingham is a part of the Inclusive Church Network and the Birmingham Methodist District.

“PrideWell Summit – #UndertheScope: Birmingham LGBTQ+ Health & Wellbeing Conference”

In collaboration with the Proud Rainbow City Partnership, Birmingham City Council’s public health division and equality and cohesion division, are holding a free virtual month-long conference.

The LGBTQ+ History Month health conference will run throughout February 2024, to celebrate the national LGBT History Month activities, and focus on the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ people in Birmingham and around the UK.

Join us as we shine the light on issues effecting our LGBTQ+ community, celebrate and connect with communities, and share emerging practice and learning.