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LGBT+ Christians asked to take part in survey measuring safety and inclusivity in UK churches

LGBT+ Christians in the UK are being encouraged to take part in a survey to measure inclusivity and safety in churches. 

Run by a coalition of nine LGBT+ Christian organisations, the survey wants to record the experiences and perspectives of LGBT+ Christians on "how safe they feel within the churches where they currently worship." 

"Many LGBT+ Christians feel increasingly vulnerable in their local churches given the increasingly toxic rhetoric around sexuality and gender identity," Jayne Ozanne, founder of Ozanne Foundation, said in a statement.

"We thought it essential to measure in a safe and anonymous way just how safe people feel able to be about who they are, and what steps should be taken to make them feel safer."

The survey will run for two weeks and is open to all LGBT+ Christians over the age of 18 "who either attend church, would like to attend or who choose not to attend."

Speaking to Premier, Rev Delyth Liddell from the Methodist group Dignity and Worth, one of the survery organisers, said surveys like these are vital to improve LGBT inclusivity in churches. 

"An LGBT person can walk into a church that says that they're inclusive and actually still feel excluded - simply sometimes by the way that they're addressed, by the way that the preacher is preaching... and it's getting to the nuances of what Christians need to be thinking about in order to be truly inclusive."

The other groups organising the survey are The Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England, One Body One Faith, Open Table, Open House, Quest, the Baptist group Affirm and the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics. 

The results of the online survey will be published in November. 

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