Vicky Beeching is an Oxford-educated theologian, broadcaster, keynote speaker & LGBT activist.
An out, gay Christian, she works at the intersection of LGBT equality and faith, campaigning to make religion a more welcoming place for LGBT people and allies.
Prior to coming out, Vicky was an internationally known thought-leader, singer, and ‘poster girl’ within the conservative Christian church.
Her self-penned religious music remains among the most-sung in USA and UK churches each Sunday.
Shocking the conservative Christian circles in which she lived and worked, Vicky came out as gay in an interview with The Independent in 2014.
Due to her notoriety in the church, her coming out became a huge catalyst for conversations about LGBT rights in the church. In the light of this impact, The Guardian described her as “arguably the most influential Christian in her generation”.
Vicky lost her Christian music career upon coming out, as traditionalists boycotted her music as a result. Westboro Baptist even picketed one of the events she appeared at, which she took in good spirits as “a sign I’m doing something right”.
Having hung up her guitars, other doors have opened for Vicky in the wider media, keynote speaking, and in LGBT activism.
Vicky was listed as the 3rd most influential LGBT person in the UK on the The Independent’s ‘Rainbow List’. She garnered a Stonewall ‘Hero of the Year’ nomination and a National Diversity Award nomination for ‘Faith Role Model’. The Telegraph included her in their prestigious “Top 100 Britons of the year” list.
Vicky appears regularly on TV and radio in various settings; she is one of the presenters for BBC1’s Songs of Praise and BBC1’s Sunday Morning Live. She has presented features on religious stories, e.g. ‘the vote on Women Bishops’, for Sky News, and often gives live commentary to LBC Radio on breaking religious stories, e,g, the new Pope (Francis) being announced in Rome.
She regularly delivers Thought For The Day on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and Pause For Thought on BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans Show.
Vicky’s media work has been recognised with a Christian New Media Award, a Sandford Award nomination (for ‘Jesus The Muslim’, a programme she presented about the Islamic and Christian understanding of Christ), and she has been short-listed for ‘LGBT Broadcaster of the Year’ at the British LGBT awards 2016.
With her ‘Theologian hat’ on, she is a go-to expert for commentary on news stories related to religion and diversity on Sky News, the BBC News Channel, Channel 4, and beyond.
There are few visible gay women in the media, fewer still who represent faith communities. Vicky hopes to be an encouraging role model to younger LGBT people of faith – switching on their TV or radio and seeing someone they can relate to.
Vicky writes for publications like The Telegraph, The Guardian and The Independent and has been profiled by The Huffington Post, BBC World Service and Time Magazine Online.
She advises a variety of organisations – including the United Nations – on the intersection of LGBT equality and religion.
Based in London, she splits her time between academic research (her PhD), TV and radio work, and keynote speaking in both the corporate sector and in educational institutions.
Vicky is working on her first book – a memoir – which has been signed to Harper Collins and is slated for global release in 2017.
Contact Vicky here.