Media Coverage of launch

The Guardian broke the news of the launch with an exclusive interview with the new chair, the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool, on December 28th 2017
Guardian front page

The BBC incorporated it into its Daily News bulletin during Dec 28th 2017 and this was then featured in the Radio 4 Today Programme News at 0800.

BBC News

Christian Today were the first to cover the charity in detail, focusing on why it had been set up and the range of people involved.

Christian Today

“Evangelical support for Trump is not justified, says Bishop of Liverpool” – Church Times

Church of England bishop hits out at Trump-backing evangelicals as he calls for LGBT-inclusive Christianity – Pink News gives arguably the best coverage of the launch of the foundation and what it has been set up to achieve.

Bishop hits out at faith leaders who ‘build walls not bridges’ – Church of England Newspaper, January 4th 2018

Charity aims to find religious acceptance of all LGBTI people – Guernsey Press, January 3rd 2018

Jayne Ozanne sets up Ozanne Foundation to combat LGBT stigma in religious groups – Oxford Mail / Oxford Times January 4th 2018

International (major outlets)

British bishop says US evangelicals are ‘uncritically accepting’ of Trump – CNN

A top Church of England bishop scolds U.S. evangelicals for ‘uncritical’ support of Trump – Washington Post

British Bishop Criticizes Evangelicals who support for Trump – Metro Weekly

UK bishop: US evangelicals ‘uncritically accepting’ of positions taken by Trump – The Hill

US Evangelical Christians ‘Uncritically Accepting’ Of Donald Trump, Bishop Of Liverpool Says – Huffington Post

Christian voters’ Trump support isn’t ‘justifiable’, British Bishop says – Newsweek

UK Bishop speaks out about American Christians who support Trump – Western Journal

TV & Radio

ITV News for the Channel Islands – interview with Jayne, December 30th 2017

BBC Radio Guernsey – in-depth two part interview with Ollie Gillou during Drive Time, December 28th 2017

Radio Ulster – comment and discussion during Drive Time (listen 17:25-31), December 28th 2017

Other UK Press Coverage

Bishop of Liverpool hits out at Christians who support Donald Trump – Express

Bishop of Liverpool criticises Christians who support Trump – Premier

“About time” – Bishop of Liverpool praised for slamming Christian Trump supporters – Liverpool Echo

 

 

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New LGBTI Charity Launches

BISHOP OF LIVERPOOL TO CHAIR NEW CHARITY TO ADVANCE ACCEPTANCE AND UNDERSTANDING OF LGBTI PEOPLE BY ALL RELIGIOUS GROUPS

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The Rt Revd Paul Bayes is to Chair the Ozanne Foundation, a new charity that will work with religious organisations around the world to eliminate discrimination based on sexuality or gender.

The Charity’s Director, Jayne Ozanne, is a well-known activist within the Church of England and has led a range of initiatives over the past two years to help ensure the Church embraces and celebrate the equality and diversity of all.

Bishop Paul chairs an influential group of ten trustees from across the church traditions, which range from the Dean of St Paul’s, the Very Revd David Ison, to the Editor of the Church of England Newspaper, Colin Blakely.  A Council of Reference brings together some of the most outspoken names on LGBTI rights within the Christian Church – including Revd Steve Chalke of the Oasis Foundation, the Very Revd Prof Martin Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, Ben Bradshaw MP and the Dean of St Albans, the Very Revd Jeffrey John.

Speaking about his decision to chair this new foundation, the Rt Revd Paul Bayes said:

“The Church of England has committed herself to what our Archbishops have called radical new Christian inclusion, and has publicly stated that we are against all forms of homophobia.  If we mean this, and I believe we do, then we need to find appropriate ways of welcoming and affirming LGBTI people who want their love recognised by the Church.  I have long been an admirer of Jayne Ozanne’s strong clear advocacy for LGBTI people and other groups who have suffered hurt and abuse – not least at the hands of the Church – and I believe her work should be actively supported and encouraged.”

The new foundation has been set up to help educate and advocate on LGBTI and gender rights around the world, particularly within religious organisations that are opposed to non-heterosexual relationships.  In addition, it will look to foster good relations inside religious organisations that hold conflicting views on sexuality and gender issues.

Based in Oxford, Ozanne has shown an impressive track record in galvanising senior Anglicans to come together to speak out on behalf of the LGBTI community.  Last summer she led a Private Member’s Debate in the General Synod that resulted in the Church of England calling on the government to ban Conversion Therapy.

“I am thrilled that so many personal friends have felt moved to come together to support my work, and am excited about what this new opportunity might mean.  I know that together we can work to ensure that all are fully accepted and celebrated for who they have been created to be – after all, the core of our faith commands Just Love for all!”

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