Queer Stories of Faith Unite Interfaith LGBTQIA+ Community in Historic Perth Event
Media release – 5th November 2023
On November 4, 2022, Perth PrideFest witnessed a historic gathering as interfaith LGBTQIA+ individuals from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim backgrounds came together to openly share their experiences reconciling faith and sexual orientation/gender identity. Organized by Acceptance Perth, a dedicated organisation fostering understanding and acceptance, the “Queer Stories of Faith” event took place at Victoria Park.
This groundbreaking event featured a diverse array of stories and musical performances, showcasing the rich tapestry of interfaith and LGBTQIA+ perspectives. The speakers and performers hailed from various backgrounds, representing a united front of diverse beliefs and experiences.
Angela Han, Coordinator of Acceptance Perth, shared her vision for this significant project: “This gathering is a testament to the fact that unity is not just a dream; it’s an achievable reality.”
Breaking religious barriers, the event fostered unity and acceptance among interfaith LGBTQIA+ individuals. The speakers’ stories shattered misconceptions, proving that faith and LGBTQIA+ identity can coexist harmoniously. It was an affirmation that love, understanding, and acceptance can thrive within diverse faith traditions.
Han emphasised, “Stories of people who have happily reconciled their faith and sexuality are long underrepresented. When we share our stories, we connect, we heal, and we build bridges across divides. Love is the common thread that binds us all, transcending the boundaries of faith and identity.”
The event also addressed the challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community due to anti-LGBT rhetoric from various quarters. Jan Jermalinski of the Interfaith Social Democratic Network stated, “Representation is crucial as many people are ostracised or even abandoned by their supposed family, friends, or community. This shocking outcome diminishes their mental well-being as their support networks disintegrate. This event sends a powerful message that you are not alone and that there is a supportive community waiting to embrace you as you are.”
“Queer Stories of Faith” marked a pivotal moment in the journey towards understanding, acceptance, and unity within the interfaith LGBTQIA+ communities, echoing the resounding message of unity, acceptance, and the power of love.