Too Gay For God?
Confirmed for BBC One on 11 July at 10.35pm to 11.15pm
Thursday 11 July
Too Gay For God? explores the place of the LGBTIQ+ community within the Christian faith, and the Church of England in particular, through the perspective of Reverend Jide Macaulay, an openly gay member of the clergy.
An ordained Deacon in the Church of England, Jide wants the Church to adopt a more inclusive position towards the LGBTIQ+ community, with particular respect to the acceptance of same-sex marriages for members of the priesthood. Personally, Jide is ready to commit to his partner and is searching for an answer as to why he can’t marry and be a priest: why does it seem to be the case that this is a privilege enjoyed by straight members of the clergy alone, rather than a right for all?
In this film he is setting out to meet people who have views on and personal experience of same-sex relationships within the Church of England, and will seek to understand the position of other Christian denominations. We also see Jide meet with Ian Paul, a scholar of scripture, to ask what the doctrinal issues on sexuality are; and Andrew Foreshew-Cain, the first gay Church of England vicar to marry his partner.
Jide’s position reflects that of countless individuals who are struggling to reconcile their sexuality, identity and faith.
This film represents a vital opportunity to explore where those people - and the Church - go from here, through the perspective and experiences of someone who is both deeply committed to his faith and striving to be fully accepted by it.
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