Over the past few decades and especially since colonialism queer bodies have been marginalised and oppressed. We found that in the Black LGBTIQ communities, faith, particularly Christianity remains a very crucial part of our journey and belief. House of Rainbow was formed in 2006, to respond to the needs of LGBTIQ folks in Nigeria which has since extended to the UK and also as far as 22 countries around the world.
There will be three segments to the event:
a) Reflective mindful worship with connections and expression to ancestral spirits (40 mins)
b) Panel Discussion about the impact of faith for Black LGBTIQ Christians and what lessons to share (50 mins)
c) Black Lives Matter: Day of Prayer, raising the voices of Black LGBTIQ folks (30 mins)
The Worship will be a collection of voices from all the Black queer Christians and allies. Prayers, spoken words and enlightening words, sound and music. There will be performances that represents the Black community, dance, poetry and testimonials.
This collaboration with UK Black Pride and supported by various other communities will be an epitome of celebration for Black Queer Christians, we want this event to be a memorial for the lives that has gone and fallen, we want this to be a reminded that LGBTIQ folks who love Jesus are also valid.
This event will be streamed on Facebook.
About House of Rainbow
House of Rainbow (HOR) fosters relationships among Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer (LGBTIQ+) individuals, people of faith and allies in order to create a safer and a more inclusive community. As a support organisation, we are dedicated to reconciling marginalised identifies with the pressures of society.
With locations in many countries, HOR is about is able to assist with issues and challenges such as asylum seekers’ support, sexual health, counselling and pastoral care. Our services are not exclusively for self-identifying members within our community as we are also passionate towards supporting allies who may be facing similar challenges regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, nationality or background.