Jayne Ozanne is a prominent gay evangelical who works to ensure full inclusion of all LGBTI people of faith within their faith communities, and within wider society as a whole.
She is Director of both the Ozanne Foundation, which works with religious organisations around the world to eliminate discrimination based on sexuality or gender in order to embrace and celebrate the equality and diversity of all, and of the Global Interfaith Commission on LGBT+ Lives, which she launched in December 2020 bringing together hundreds of senior affirming faith leaders from around the world.
Jayne was a founding member of the Archbishops’ Council for the Church of England (1999 – 2004) and is now once again a member of General Synod where she is involved in campaigning for a range of issues impacting those who are marginalised and excluded. In 2017 she led a debate on the dangers of Conversion Therapy within the Church of England, which resulted in the Synod calling on the government to ban it.
In March 2019 she was appointed to the government’s LGBT Advisory Panel, from which she publicly resigned in March, highlighting the increasingly “hostile environment” for LGBT+ people and the lack of progress towards a ban on “conversion therapy”. She set up and chairs the Ban Conversion Therapy Coalition, which brings together survivor groups, LGBT organisations, faith leaders and academics who are all working together for a ban.
She is actively engaged through her writings and broadcasts in helping religious groups develop and promote a positive ethic towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. Her tag line is “Unashamedly Gay, Unashamedly Christian” and as such works to be a role model for LGBT people of faith. Thanks to her autobiography, Just Love, she is featured as one of Wiki Ezvid’s Top 5 Non-Fiction Authors of Books about Christianity.
Jayne originally started her career in international marketing, where she managed many well-known household brands – such as BBC Television, Fairy Liquid and Kleenex – Jayne has worked as a strategic consultant to the charity sector. As such she has set up two charities for Canon Andrew White, the Foundation for Reconciliation in the Middle East, and Baroness Caroline Cox, the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust. In addition, she has overseen fundraising for large non-governmental organisations such as Oxfam GB, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
Jayne has academic qualifications from both the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford. In order to mark her success as the first British national on the Foreign Service Programme at the University of Oxford she was invited to continue on as a Visiting Study Fellow, and conducted research in International Relations and Religion. She has served on the Steering Committee of Trinity Theological College, Bristol and the Advisory Council of the International Centre for Reconciliation at Coventry Cathedral.