Leading Evangelical Activist from the Church of England, Jayne Ozanne, Comes Out as a Lesbian

Jayne Ozanne , member of the Church of England’s Archbishops’ Council from 1999-2004. Photo courtesy of Accepting Evangelicals
Jayne Ozanne , member of the Church of England’s Archbishops’ Council from 1999-2004. Photo courtesy of Accepting Evangelicals

One of the Church of England’s leading evangelical campaigners announced Tuesday (Feb. 3) that she is a lesbian and said she decided to be open after trying various ministries to cast out her sexual orientation.

“God is a God of surprises,” said Jayne Ozanne, 46, as she took up her new job as director of Accepting Evangelicals, a network of Christians who believe the time has come to move toward the acceptance of loving same-sex partnerships and a positive Christian ethic for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual people.

In an interview with “Christian Today,” she said: “We can never be sure of what the future may bring but what I do know is that He will always look to transform our darkest hours into something beautiful.”

Ozanne said that during her years on the Archbishops’ Council (1999-2004) — one of the highest posts in this country’s established church — she prayed for grace to be celibate and subjected herself to a form of conversion therapy where clergy tried to cast out a sexual orientation they deemed demonic.

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SOURCE: Religion News Service
Trevor Grundy

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