How do you prove you are gay? Or straight? Or bisexual? Imagine that. You are in a foreign country, perhaps speaking a language that is not your own. You have had to actively hide your sexuality in your country of origin. You have fled home with hardly any belongings. And now, in a court of law, under very intense scrutiny, you are being asked to prove that you are gay. How do you even go about doing that? If the judge believes you, you then also have to prove that you would be fear of your life if you went back to your country of origin. Being part of a worldwide denomination has been helpful in this regard. We have been able to get statements from MCCers and allies who work or who live in some of the countries where Rainbow Home folk come from and submit them as part of the documentation that goes to court. These statements show clearly what life is like for LGBT people in a particular country and have been instrumental in helping individuals get their “leave to remain” status.
Matthew 25:34 – 36 gives a list of how we are meant to behave as Christians: offer food and drink to the hungry, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, visit those who are sick or in prison. It often feels as though my life is a world away from these basic yet vital instructions. I send emails, sort out rotas, discuss budgets and write reports. I give a monthly donation to Oxfam, but I don’t notice it going out of the bank – it just happens. I love Rainbow Home because, for me, it gives an opportunity to really do what Jesus asked of us. That is blessing enough for me.