Coming Out

 

On August 14th 2014, in an interview that featured on the front page of The Independent and The i newspapers, Vicky came out as gay. Due to her level of global influence within the conservative wing of the church, and within mainstream British media, this caused shockwaves.

She had previously lived and worked in the American Bible Belt for much of her twenties. This part of the world reacted with vitriol to her news and a boycott of her music in their churches. In the UK the reaction from Christians was mixed - some showered her with abuse, while others found it changed their minds on the issue and voiced their support for LGBT equality.

Her coming out was covered by international press. Online, her news went viral with over 60 million social media impressions and a live, prime-time TV interview that's surpassed 200 thousand views on Youtube.

Since coming out she has been named as "arguably the most influential Christian in her generation" by The Guardian newspaper. The Telegraph named her in their 'Top 100 British People of 2014'. She was highlighted by American organisations like The HRC and GLAAD, and written about in Time Magazine online, The Advocate and The Daily Beast. Vicky was listed as the 3rd most influential LGBT person in the UK in the highly respected, annual 'Rainbow List' published by the Independent newspaper.

Vicky has also been nominated for a National Diversity Award and shortlisted for Stonewall's Hero of The Year Award 2014. In September she was invited to the United Nations in New York to attend the launch of their new LGBT campaign 'Free and Equal' with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Her vision is to help change the Church from the inside out until it affirms and blesses LGBT sexuality and equal marriage.

A round-up of  some of the international media pieces covering her coming out are below.

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If you only want to read a small handful, the following three are the best summary:

  • First television interview, debating Scott Lively, on UK's prime-time Channel 4 News show

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 Other media around Vicky's coming out:

  • American human rights organisation, The HRC.

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Westboro Baptist picket Vicky's first keynote speech in the USA about her faith & sexuality:

Her keynote: http://new.livestream.com/GCNconf/2015-vicky-beeching-session-3

Huffington Post cover the picket: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/12/vicky-beeching-wesboro-baptist-church_n_6457408.html?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000055

Pink News coverage: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/01/11/us-god-hates-fags-church-targets-gay-christian-singer-but-her-response-is-amazing/

Diva Magazine: http://www.divamag.co.uk/category/news/vicky-beeching-responds-with-love-to-gay-hate-church.aspx

Christian Today:  http://www.christiantoday.com/article/westboro.baptist.targets.vicky.beeching.in.anti.gay.protest/45772.htm

Premier Christianity: http://www.premier.org.uk/News/World/Vicky-Beeching-targeted-by-Westboro

Edge Media Network Boston: http://www.edgeboston.com/news/news/170310/lesbian_christian_rock_singer_shows_love_to_westboro_jerks

  1. Craig on June 17, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Very impassioned talk on radio 2 today. Well done. As an evangelical Christian, I think you’ve won the emotional argument but you never mentioned theology. I know it was a short interview but you’ve got to start talking about the bible as that is where people argue against light issues.

    Love

    Craig



  2. Elizabeth on July 6, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    It’s very helpful to me to know another Christian has passed through what I went through after I realized I was also gay. Am looking for a soul mate and believe I will meet her



  3. Tina on August 23, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Watching you on BBC Hardtalk show was awesome, stay true, much love 😃



  4. Callum on August 24, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    I would like to understand more about your thoughts on what Scripture teaches on the issue of homosexuality. To me, Scripture is very clear – in both the Old and New Testaments – on this issue. I feel for you in terms of your difficult experiences but I am left wondering how you can reconcile homosexuality with what is ultimately Gods revealed will as we have it in the Bible. I have just watched your conversation with Stephen Sackur on Hard Talk and would have loved to hear you speaking about Christs work in your soul? That ultimately is what defines whether or not we are Christians – if we have the Spirit of Christ within us and can speak of His death on the cross as it applies to us as individuals. The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from ALL sin. That is what we have to look to – no other form of justification.



  5. Alastair Rosie on September 27, 2018 at 12:44 am

    Hiya Vicky,
    Just chanced across your interview on LBC and it was so refreshing to hear you. I’m straight but I was raised in a Baptist home in Australia and I know the landscape of the evangelical church intimately. Ultimately I left the church for other reasons but my late sister struggled with her sexuality and when she came out my mother ‘the matriarch’ banned her from the house and tried to ban us from having anything to do with her. I guess because I was such a rebellious little shit and the oldest child, I drove on down to see her and discovered that she’d contemplated suicide. I went home and blasted my mother for her un-Christian attitude. She screamed back and we really were screaming, she stormed off to cry and tried to use emotional blackmail but I wasn’t backing down. A few days later she backed down because I sure as hell wasn’t budging and my sister was allowed to come back for dinner. It was the start of a journey for me as well as my sister. I’m familiar with the gay conversion cult, the casting out of demons nonsense and everything else in between. Shortly before I left Australia and returned to Scotland my sister vacillated between being gay and being Christian. She had this habit of running everything past me because even though I was now an atheist she still needed approval. I kept saying yes you can be gay and yes you can be Christian and eventually she said can I be both and I said of course. I’m sure God is big enough to accept that.
    She’s been gone for some years now, a victim of cancer but I’ve never regretted the stand I took for her, it divided the family for a while but I learned a lot about the LGBTQ world, back in the 80s it was just homosexuality. These days I write lesbian erotica under a female pen name, which is kind of a tribute to my sister. I wish you all the best for the book and your music. I probably won’t buy the music because it’s not for me but I’ll certainly recommend you to anyone who is having similar struggles.



  6. will norris on November 2, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    hi i attended an evanigical church for several years and about 10 years God opened my eyes and heart to how bgtl christians have and are being treated revealing people like lonnie frisbie to me i am so heartened by your work and stance vicky and delighted to call u my sister in Christ God accepts and loves us fully as we are for who we are and i am overjoyed that u have spoken out thank u blessings will



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