Jayne Ozanne

Photo by Sam AtkinsJayne Ozanne is a well-known gay evangelical who works to ensure full inclusion of all LGBTI people of faith, particularly in the Church.

She was appointed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to be a founding member of the Archbishops’ Council for the Church of England (1999 – 2004).  In 2009, after years of personal struggle as an evangelical Christian trying to reconcile her faith with her sexuality, she came out as gay to her friends and family.  Her story is documented in her memoir, Just Love.  In 2014 she decided to become more publicly engaged with the sexuality debate within the Church and in 2015 she was elected back onto the Church of England’s General Synod.  She has since been heavily involved in campaigning for equal rights for the LGBTI community, notably tabling a Private Members Motion in July 2017 that led to the General Synod condemning Conversion Therapy and calling on the government to ban it.  In 2019 she was invited to be a founding member of the government’s LGBT Advisory Panel.

Jayne has led various successful initiatives, which have included:

She is a well-known speaker and broadcaster on this topic, and is frequently approached by the national media for comment on sexuality and gender related issues.  More recently, she has been invited to speak at religious LGBTI gatherings overseas, and is keen to work with LGBTI representatives from other faith groups who are facing similar discrimination and prejudice within their religions.

In November 2019 she had the honour of meeting His Holiness, Pope Francis, and presented him with a copy of her memoir, Just Love, and her Foundation’s research on the harm of so-called “conversion therapy”.