Thank you for being interested in supporting my passion and my mission: to see LGBTQ equality spread far and wide, especially in the context of faith communities.
My involvement in the equality movement used to be very public until quite recently; doing national media on TV and radio (BBC One, Sky News, Channel 4, ITV), writing for national newspapers like The Guardian, and giving keynote speeches at large diversity and equality events.
Unfortunately, my health has declined rapidly over the past couple of years. I have a multitude of diagnoses including Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, M.E., Fibromyalgia, and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. It’s been a tough few years and now, in 2020, I’m sad to say that I’m chronically unwell and mostly house-bound.
Although my capacity is pretty small due to illness, one thing that gives me meaning and purpose is continuing to help individuals on their ‘coming out’ journeys as they come to terms with their own identities and as they bravely share with their community that they are LGBTQ. Also, helping church leaders to navigate pro-gay and pro-trans theology and move their churches to a fully affirming position.
I’m not salaried by an organisation, nor am I paid by a church or by a charitable foundation. It’s just me as an individual, trying to make the world a brighter and more diverse place for LGBTQ people. Since 2014, I’ve funded most of this aspect of my vocation myself by doing paid TV, radio or corporate speaking engagements, but now I am too unwell to do them.
Much of what I do nowadays for LGBTQ equality is behind the scenes. Being there on email or by phone when an individual or church leader needs help, or just someone to listen, or to seek advice from. I also give support and theological guidance to denominational leaders in the UK and USA, as well as to politicians and Special Advisors in the UK when they need to reach out to someone for an LGBTQ-faith perspective on an issue or situation.
Even with my limited capacity because of chronic illness, I still see incredibly meaningful transformations happen and feel so grateful to get to play a small role: For example, someone I’ve supported on their journey finds the courage to ‘come out’ at last and says they “feel alive for the first time”. Or, a church decides, after months of conversations with me, that they will take a stand for LGBTQ equality even if it costs them hundreds of members. Or, the UK government take an issue onboard like banning “Gay Conversion Therapy” because so many of us raised our voices and told our stories and advised MP’s and refused to give up.
So, even though I’m battling chronic illness, I’m continuing to pursue my vision of a more equal society.
Before my health declined, I didn’t realise all the expenses that went into keeping this part of my vocation going. So, if you want to donate to my ongoing mission for LGBTQ equality, it will help contribute to the practicalities that enable me to do what I do: basics like a working mobile phone to speak to those who reach out for help, decent WIFI so that I can Skype people who need ongoing support, postage costs for sending resources like LGBTQ theology books to people who need them, keeping the heating on so I don’t freeze, and something to cover my time as I pour myself into being there for others and still try and make ends meet. It’s these basic practicalities that either keep my mission alive or force me to stop.
Despite all the challenges, I refuse to let ill-health stop me from pursuing this aspect of my life as it’s a mission that I will always live and breathe, however weak or limited my body may be.
On a separate topic, a couple of people recently expressed interest in donating to my medical expenses (as they were Christians who did not agree with LGBTQ equality, so did not feel morally able to support that part of my vision, but still wanted to help with my ongoing medical costs). If that is something you’d like to do, please just specify “Medical Costs” in a message to me and I’ll know how to allocate the donation. Likewise, specify “LGBTQ Equality” and I’ll know it’s for that purpose.
Thank you again for wanting to offer your support.
An easy online method to use is Paypal – using this Paypal link. (My Paypal address is firstname.lastname@example.org).
Paypal allows you to include a message with your donation, so do say hello there.
Another option is to send a cheque (or ‘check’ in the American spelling!) via post made out to Vicky Beeching. If you would like this address, get in touch via the Contact Page and ask for the address to mail a cheque to. (I no longer have a PoBox as it was too expensive to rent one).
If you’d rather give via online banking, I can send you my details including IBAN and SWIFT codes for those overseas. (For that bank information, or if you have any other questions about supporting my work, drop me a line via the Contact Page on this website).
Thank you for supporting my ongoing vision to see LGBTQ equality spread far and wide, and for making it possible for me to continue doing it.