The Christians for Gays Movement is an informal group of Christian people consisting in about 10–20 members from different denominations who work on a volunteer basis. Their objective is to begin a dialogue between Christian and LGBTQ+ communities, as they have found that there is often tension between them even though they get along on an individual level. These two types of communities tend not to know each other and to have an unrealistic image about the other. Once they can be brought into the same space and start to get to know each other, their opinion can change.
The movement first appeared with some pictograms at the Budapest Pride; for example ‘It is awful how the Church treats you, I’m sorry!’, ‘We would like to listen to you and understand you’, ‘Jesus loves us all’. Later the group started attending festivals like LIFT (Festival of Lesbian Identities) as well as church events. Last year they organised an event as part of a larger programme called ‘LGBT history month’ where clergymen and gay Christians discussed various topics of interest with the group. This year the movement visited a Protestant congregation where they held a workshop.
The Christians for Gays movement feel that their attempts at promoting reconciliation between Christians and LGBTQ+ are successful as people gain information at their events which — sooner or later — changes their mindset or shapes their opinion. They primarily provide spaces for people from ‘opposing sides’ to meet and provide the opportunity for invited speakers to say things that influence people to become more tolerant. The success of the initiative lies mostly in the strategy of dialogue and reconciliation of the two opposing groups, rather than their further polarisation. https://keresztenyekamelegekerthu.wordpress.com/ https://www.facebook.com/KeresztenyekAMelegekert/?fref=ts