This year, for the first time, the north-west of Ireland will mark IDAHOT with a church service to celebrate the inclusivity of gay, lesbian and transgender people in the life of the Church. This service, which is held under the auspices of Changing Attitude Ireland (CAI) is part of a series of world-wide vigils to remember and give acknowledgement to all the victims of violence related to gender identity and sexual orientation.
In Ireland, CAI works to encourage the acceptance & inclusion of LGBT people in the life of the church and through this, acceptance in wider society. It acknowledges that for too long people whose sexual orientation, is and was other than heterosexual, were treated as different and ‘less than’. Now, in 2015, we feel it is time to recognise the spiritual dimension to LGBT peoples’ lives, and to mark this by saying ‘Yes, you are welcome here. We are all brothers and sisters on a common road through life, we are here for you and we want you to be part of our family”.
The service marking IDAHOT will take place on Sunday 17th May @ 3pm in Manorhamilton Church of Ireland and all are welcome. More information can be had by contacting Scott Golden on firstname.lastname@example.org