It is all too easy for us in the West to forget that no matter how much we feel under pressure as queer Christians, things can be that much more difficult elsewhere (as illustrated currently by Uganda, and others). Still, there is also progress.
One small piece of news to share is that a conference of LGBT Christians was recently held in Moscow, marking a decided first for Russia. I know of this only because one of our London Soho congregation is a Russian expatriate, who was a participant (and I think organiser). To support him, we were able to make a (very) small contribution to the travel costs of the event.
We have had a letter of thanks for the help, together with some notes on the success of the occasion, from which I think I can share the following report :
The Conference was a great success – this we already can see from the participants responses, friendships built and creativity unleashed. Our email group for the Conference participants and others interested in the LGBT Christian issues is thriving with reflections, questions and new ideas. The participants from Moscow have started weekly meetings for mutual support. Our Ukrainian brothers and sisters who joined the Conference are developing their own ministry, keeping us updated on their activities and encouraging our spirit.
God wills we will see abundant fruits of the Conference in months and years to come.