We now use the phrase gender and sexual diversity in our name rather than LGBTQI+ as a way of acknowledging the breadth of our lived experience and because we want to be as inclusive as possible. We appreciate the ongoing journey a lot of us are on to self-acceptance, and want to mirror that acceptance in how we operate as a group.
We believe we have a lot to learn from each other in our daily lives and know that our Quaker faith is the ground in which we live and grow as individuals and as a community.
We acknowledge the difficulties, challenges and tensions that arise in broadening our remit and in letting go of our previous name, the Lesbian and Gay Fellowship. We would encourage all of our members to be open to learning from each other and to interact with each other in the spirit of Friendship. We can grow stronger, together.
We are also open to working with other groups who share our objectives for equality, acceptance and celebration and are available as a resource for other Quaker organisations or Meetings to learn more about gender and sexual diversity; and for other LGBTQI+ organisations and individuals to learn more about being a Quaker / Friend.