February 2, 2022

The Rev Diana Hall highlighted LGBT+ history month when she gave ‘Thought for the Day’ on BBC Radio Scotland programme Good Morning Scotland today.

Ms Hall, rector of St Anne’s in Dunbar, considered what progress had been made in raising awareness and offering education about the experiences of LGBT+ people since the first pride march in the UK fifty years ago.

“Attitudes about diversity and inclusion have changed a great deal, for the better, since then,” said Ms Hall. “This is good news. Christianity teaches that all people are unique and precious in God’s sight, Divine image-bearers to be valued and loved as such. The church has not always got this right, but the Psalmist is clear when they write to God “you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made”.

“Nevertheless there are nearly 70 countries where it’s still illegal to be homosexual and worse, places where freedoms may soon be further curtailed. In Ghana legislation is under discussion that could criminalise those who identify as LGBT+, and their allies.”

Ms Hall concluded: “Achieving equality for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities is a matter of fundamental human rights, and recognising and acknowledging the innate value in every human being. This month will be a great opportunity for us to learn, reflect, and open our eyes anew to the beauty of all people.”

The full Thought for the Day can be heard here at the 1:22:40 mark.