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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Submission to the Church of England’s Listening Exercise on Human Sexuality

Submission to the Church of England’s listening exercise on human sexuality

Listening exercise

 

The Anglican Church is currently carrying out a “Listening Exercise” to gather opinions from a wide range of groups across the world on attitudes towards human sexuality. The SIG was asked to respond on behalf of the College: This report is prepared by a Special Interest Group in the Royal College of Psychiatrists. We have limited our comments to areas that pertain to the origins of sexuality and the psychological and social wellbeing of lesbian, gay and bisexual people (LGB), which we believe will inform the Church of England’s listening exercise.

 

Equal access

The Royal College of Psychiatrists holds the view that LGB people should be regarded as valued members of society who have exactly similar rights and responsibilities as all other citizens. This includes equal access to health care, the rights and responsibilities involved in a civil partnership, the rights and responsibilities involved in procreating and bringing up children, freedom to practice a religion as a lay or religious person, freedom from harassment or discrimination in any sphere and a right to protection from therapies that are potentially damaging, particularly those that purport to change sexual orientation. 

 

We shall address a number of issues that arise from our expertise in this area with the aim of informing the debate within the Church of England about homosexual people. These concern the:

 

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