LoveSpirit was formed by a group of queer people who sought a space where LGBT spiritual explorers could meet and share their journeys. LoveSpirit is a non-profit registered company led by a small team of volunteers called the Queer Steer with the help of a large diverse group of generous people. Our events bring together many facilitators, writers and activists to create gatherings that break new territory in LGBT communal life, with all involved giving their services free of charge.
LoveSpirit embraces all individual spiritual paths and does not advocate any particular approach. We believe by bringing our diverse beliefs together and sharing ideas we gain strength, build community and promote love and peace.
LoveSpirit is offered as a space for LGBT people from all spiritual backgrounds to meet and share our stories and discoveries. Over a few decades gay life has transformed. We have gone from being outlaws, and classified as mentally ill, to now when the wider society is prepared to honour our love for each other through equal marriage. Some religions still insist on demonising us, which discourages many of us from investigating spirituality at all, so cutting us off from sources of wisdom, understanding of transcendence, and tools for self-knowledge, healing and growth. Yet there are queer people active in all religions, and independently exploring consciousness and loving community. The search for who we are is moving from the sexual to the spiritual sphere.
At LoveSpirit we honour the fact that human beings are physical and spiritual, and offer perspectives on the integration of these parts of our nature, to achieve greater meaning in our lives and develop a deeper connection with other people and our planet. We explore the possibility that lgbt people have a role in the spiritual transformation and awakening of humanity. Around the globe we were once honoured as the in-between people, who stood both between the gender polarities and also between matter and spirit, serving the wider society as shamans and healers. Gay people have always been active in monastic and religious settings, whatever official attitudes authority figures maintained. A few decades into the story of gay liberation it is now the time for the queer community to explore the deep roots of this largely hidden spiritual history and step into our power as healers and transformers of society.
The LGBT community uses the rainbow as our flag because we represent the coming together of all people as one. We are found in every race, religion and walk of life. We stand for tolerance, peace, joy and love. When we embrace who we are fully, as sexual, social and spiritual beings, we unlock the talents and gifts that lie inside us and participate in the healing and re-enchantment of the world.