We aim to provide a secure place for you to explore and grow in your faith and your identity. For many gay Catholics, their journey of faith has been eventful. Members come from a variety of different backgrounds, both culturally and spiritually and each has their own story to tell.
"YAG is a safe place of fellowship, prayer and fun where being Catholic and gay is not only possible, but fulfilling."
" Before joining this group I thought that I had to chose between being gay and being Catholic. Through this group of supportive people I realise that I could choose both. "
" I'd always known I was gay but struggled to find a place in a church community which accepted me for who I am. I know that God loves me but sometimes it doesn't feel like the Church does. YAG helped me realise I'm not alone and there are many others who face the same issues in living their lives authentically for God. It's good to travel the road with friends! "
" Raised in Jamaica, I was sent to Catholic boarding school in England when I was 7 years old.
I knew from the age of 14 or 15 that I was gay. However, I have always had strong faith and I struggled in my teenage years to reconcile my religious beliefs with my sexuality, especially as I am from a country which is extremely homophobic. When I came out at 18, it was particularly difficult telling my family as they have strongly-held traditional religious views about homosexuality. However, I never doubted God’s unconditional love for me, and I felt that God had decided to create me as a gay man, and this gave me great strength and comfort. My homosexuality identity was something to be proud of, not something to be ashamed of.
For many years, I have longed to find a Catholic community in London where I could feel truly welcomed and accepted. At my local church one Sunday a couple of years ago, the priest spoke out against same-sex relationships in a sermon which was deeply hurtful for me, and I felt I could no longer worship there.
A year ago, I met a member of the community here who invited me along to a service. This was the first time I felt truly welcomed and able to be myself in a Catholic community. In turn, I have made many special friends. My faith has deepened, my relationship with God has blossomed, and I have learned to be even more accepting and loving of other people, and to value their differences with my own. "
" I first attended masses welcoming LGBT Catholics in May 2007 after seeing an advert whilst flicking through the LGBT section of London's TimeOut magazine. Having been raised a Catholic, I'd moved away from church communities as I felt I didn't fit with the regular setup of 2.4 children or a young adult searching for a partner. Strangely, and in a completely unexpected way as I'd never seen my sexuality itself as a reason not to be religious, this advert felt like a call back to the Church - God was talking to me through an entertainment magazine.
I've been part of YAG from its start in 2008. At the time there were few younger members of the community and we felt that a group specifically catering for the social and spiritual needs of a younger generation was needed. Since then YAG has grown from strength to strength, and the fellowship I've felt amongst group members has been fantastic, something appreciated also by my non-LGBT Catholic friends who've often commented on how strong the YAG community is."