LGBT History Month – Vicky Beeching

Victoria Louise “Vicky” Beeching (born 17 July 1979) is an English musician and religious commentator. She is best known for her work in the American contemporary worship music genre, and has been described as “arguably the most influential Christian of her generation” due to of her Twitter following and appearances on BBC’s Thought for the Day.

Vicky Beeching is an avid blogger, writing on many difficult Christian issues such as the the role of women in the Church. This blog was the Winner of Best Blog in the 2011 Christian New Media Awards.

Beeching began speaking out in favour of gay marriage beginning in December 2013. Her blog posts in support of same-sex marriage were widely read and received a mixed response – many LGBT Christians expressed their gratitude and shared their own stories of faith and sexual orientation, but some of her social media followers expressed disapproval, even what she described as ‘quite vitriolic and quite personal’ criticism. However, in response to the discussions she’d started in the church about sexual orientation, Vicky received a nomination for the 2014 National Diversity Awards in the category of “Positive Role Model Race, Faith & Religion”.

In August 2014, Beeching announced that she is a lesbian and in November 2014, she was awarded third place in Independent on Sunday’s 2014 Rainbow List (a feature highlighting influential LGBT people).

Vicky Beeching is now a regular television and radio commentator on issues related to ethics, technology, women, Christianity, music and social media. She is also writing a memoir about her faith and sexuality, to be published by Harper Collins and is currently doing a PhD on the same subject.

Vicky Beeching identifies as an Evangelical Christian. In June 2017, she was awarded the Cranmer Award for Worship by the Archbishop of Canterbury “for outstanding contributions to contemporary worship music”.

Discography
• Shelter EP (2002)
• The Journey EP (2005)
• Yesterday, Today & Forever (2005)
• Painting the Invisible (2007)
• Eternity Invades (2010)

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