Four Church of England bishops in Lichfield have issued new guidance that welcomes LGBT Christians and admits that they have always existed and have done a lot for the church’s development. The progressive guidance issued by the Diocese of Lichfield – one of the Church of England’s 42 administrative districts – also affirms that LGBT+ people can lead church services on the local level if they want to. The five-point guidance, titled “welcoming and honoring LGBT+ people,” seeks to combat the church’s reputation of being against LGBT people and treating them as sinners. “As Archbishop Justin has made clear, the perception that the Church is homophobic and transphobic is harming our mission, especially to young people,” it states, “We need to challenge this perception by reaching out to LGBT+ people with the good news of God’s love, modeling God’s welcome and care for all people.” The guidance, which takes a “radical Christian inclusion” view towards sexuality and gender, also appears to hit-out at controversial conversion therapy carried out by some fundamentalist Christian groups. “It is also unacceptable to tell or insinuate to people that sexual orientation or gender identity will be changed by faith, or that homosexuality or gender difference is a sign of immaturity or a lack of faith,” it reads.