Too Gay for God?

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Too Gay for God?


The Rev Jide Macaulay is an openly gay member of the Church of England who wants to marry his boyfriend and continue serving as a deacon. This is forbidden by the C of E. His own father, a hugely influential clergyman in Nigeria who advises the country’s government on homosexuality (it’s punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment), thinks a spell in jail would make his son straight.

In an often sad film Jide Macaulay questions why the church that he loves cannot accept him as a married, gay clergyman. He meets Andrew Foreshew-Cain, the first gay Church of England vicar to marry his partner, and a sympathetic bishop whose understanding of his unhappiness reduces Macaulay to tears.


Documentary exploring the place of the LGBTQ community within the Christian faith, and the Church of England in particular, through the perspective of the Rev Jide Macaulay, an openly gay member of the clergy. Jide is an ordained deacon and wants the Church of England to adopt a more inclusive position towards the LGBTQ community, with particular respect to same-sex marriages for members of the priesthood. He wants to know why he cannot marry his partner, so he sets out to meet people who have views on and experience of same-sex relationships within the Church of England, and seeks to understand the position of other Christian denominations.

Cast & Crew

Actor The Rev Jide Macaulay
Director Cherish Oteka
Editor Lee Roberts
Executive Producer Jaimie D'Cruz
Producer Cherish Oteka