Unorthodox: LGBT+ Identity and Faith (2019)
Author(s): Sean Richardson
Amazon UK: Unorthodox
Standpoint: 2 Moderately inclusive
Genre(s): Memoir/autobiography and Spirituality
Topic(s): Accepting one's sexuality, Discrimination against and hostility towards LGBT+ people, Healing/growing into wholeness, Journeys towards acceptance, Spirituality, and Studies in Religion
In modern Britain, what does it mean to be queer and religious? Unorthodox tells the stories of LGBT+ people of faith throughout the country. Bringing together artists, activists, religious leaders, community workers and writers, this collection explores how LGBT+ Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Sikhs navigate their faith, why they stay and what it means to believe – no matter the cost. These urgent, deeply personal reflections move beyond the idea that LGBT+ people must choose between being included or excluded, between believing and doubting, and between their faith and their sexuality.
Born out of a yearning to resist outdated binaries, Unorthodox is a surprising journey that will resonate with readers of all stripes, be they believers or not. Covering everything from hip-hop to habits, priesthood to pilgrimages, festivals to family, Unorthodox ignites a new conversation about religion, faith, sexuality and identity in Britain.
“I’ve just discovered this book published last year by Five Leaves here in Nottingham. It’s a collection of personal accounts by people in various faiths describing how their LGBT+ experience has worked with their faith commitments and communities. Several chapters by Christians, including Rachel Mann, a Mr Ekow and an ordained Anglican couple, Ben and Robert.” — Rob Edlin-White
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