I “came out” as a Christian in 2003 and as queer in 2004, aged sixteen and seventeen respectively. I began this blog in 2012 to try to express the way I feel about the clash between these different identities, and others. “Middle Ground” was the closest term I could find, though I’m not at all always sure that “compromise” is really possible. I am interested in the ways in which minority groups like LGBT and Christians are portrayed by and to each other. I am a PhD student at Durham University and here again, my interest in “the middle” can be seen – here the Middle Ages, and its strange hybrid creatures, which I will visit occasionally in this blog.
I am in a civil partnership with a beautiful and creative woman who is an artist and a fellow believer. We live in a tiny ex-miner’s house in a small village outside of Durham and have a large collection of books. I was in ministry with and for LGBT Christians at an inclusive church called Northern Lights MCC in Newcastle for seven years which was an immense blessing. Now I am exploring faith and finding my feet back in the mainstream Evangelical church along with my partner. Hope to blog lots more about that!
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