We are a Quaker group, led by Quaker values. Quakers (or Friends) are members of a historically Christian group of religious movements formally known as the Religious Society of Friends. Quakers believe, in the words of George Fox, in answering that of God in everyone; and that our faith is lived through action.
The Quakers in Britain website states:
How we act as Quakers goes together with what we believe. We don’t have a fixed creed because we have found that the search for truth can lead us to new expressions of values as well as confirming existing ones. We call these values ‘testimonies’. Today we focus on equality, peace, truth, justice and simplicity, and how they relate to one another.
Our testimonies encourage us to work for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. It’s not always easy to live this way, but as Quakers we try to encourage each other to keep trying.
There are Quaker meetings in different countries around the world. The best way to find one in Britain is to search here.
As a community, we are collectively and individually exploring the evolving relationship between our Quaker faith and its testimonies, and our spectrum of genders and sexualities.
In 2017 we changed our name from the Quaker Lesbian and Gay Fellowship to the Quaker Gender and Sexual Diversity Community to reflect wider developments in the realm of gender and sexuality. We recognise that we are all on a spectrum of sexuality and gender, and our community welcomes people of all genders and sexualities.
We also know that our faith, sexuality and gender also intersect with and influence other aspects of our lives. As Audre Lorde wrote:
‘There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.’