Being Gay and Christian – PRIDE 2017

Beth | she/her | lesbian

[background noise present throughout the recording, music from Bath Spa’s Pride event]

Lu
Hi! So, what’s your name and how do you identify?

Beth
I’m Beth and I identify as a lesbian.

Lu
And how does your identity affect the way you live? What does your identity mean to you?

Beth
Uhm – my identity is something which, although it’s very natural to me, is also something that, kind of, tears me quite a bit, because I’m a Christian as well, and that’s very much a source of conflict. Because although there’s, for me, not a conflict for that, there’s a lot of people telling me that there should be – on both sides of the fence. It’s very hard to reconcile these two factors into a life which I can live without having people yelling at me affecting me.

[pause in recording]

Lu
And how would you say you feel you fit into the community? Do you feel that you are part of the LGBTQ+ community, sort of on the outskirts…?

Beth
I feel that I am part of the community. Obviously part of the fact the fact [that I feel] torn about my faith means that I’m not as part of it as I want to be, and I do feel isolated at times because there’s people telling me that I can’t have that part of my identity and be a lesbian at the same time. But I am very much part of it, and I am active within the community.

Lu
Thank you very much!

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