Thursday 15th Mar 2012: The lifestyle guide for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans community in Stockport. Under the Rainbow keeps you updated with everything going on in the borough and beyond. Listen for details of local groups, unmissable gigs, the latest news and have a laugh with our quiz. Also this week – tonight we’re talking about civil partnerships and gay marriage.
Same-sex Civil Partnerships have been law since 2004, but its only very recently been possible to hold them in religious buildings.
Manchester’s Unitarian Church has become one of the first places in the country to have a licence to perform a Civil Partnership Ceremony.
Reverend Jane Barraclough told Under the Rainbow about it.
Manchester Pride took place last weekend, and Under the Rainbow went along to find out what Stockport groups have been involved. We spoke to People Like Us Stockport and AgeUK Stockport, amongst others. Under the Rainbow chatted to the Reverend Andy Braunston from the Manchester Community Church.
Next week the Reverend Roland Jide Macaulay will be hosting the north-wests first House of Rainbow event. It aims to provide an inclusive and accepting vision of Christianity for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex people. He explained to Under the Rainbow that Christian churches should be a safe haven for the LGBTI community.
Many of the big religions are often seen as not being very gay friendly. However, Unitarianism is a religion which readily accepts homosexuals. The Reverend Jeff Gould speaks to Under the Rainbow tonight, and he explains more about the religion and their view of homosexuality.