Cutting Edge: promoting equality and human rights across faiths.
Cutting Edge: people and groups of all faiths and none united to promote equality and human rights.
Cutting Edge: united in challenging faith-based groups to promote equality and human rights.
CEC Statement: We call on all people of goodwill, of whatever faith or none, to affirm and celebrate human equality in
all its dimensions and particularly to work for the elimination of any faith-based homophobia and transphobia and
institutionalized prejudice towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people.
We reject the activities of certain religious leaders, seeking exemptions from equality legislation, and attempts to base
this on the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, such a right being for all, not just for some.
We deplore the internalised homophobia and transphobia within religious institutions that fails to confront prejudice and
hate. We encourage and support those faith organisations, which express their commitment to diversity and equality in
practice and policy. We believe that full civil rights for LGBT individuals are not only consistent with the right to religious
freedom, but are rooted in the best and fundamental teachings of all major faiths, religions, or beliefs, including
non-religious world-views; love,justice, compassion, and mercy, such values being shared by all who seek the common
We call for further progressive public policy that will deliver comprehensive and effective anti-discrimination legislation,
including positive duties, on the basis of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, and belief. We call on the Commission for
Equality and Human Rights to listen to the experience of LGBT faith networks and those who have suffered
homophobia and transphobia from and within religious organisations.
We affirm and celebrate the values of human equality and social justice, rooted in the best of faith traditions, and shared
by all who are committed to a fully human vision of a transformed society.
The Aims of the Cutting Edge Consortium: