XJW Rainbow

Support and Social group for Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses


LGBT xJw Friends is an offshoot of xJw Friends, a group of ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses based in the UK. We have a presence on Meetup and on Facebook. We accept donations to our cause through Patreon.

The pink and purple triangles represent the tension between our identities as former JWs and our identities as LGBT people (the purple triangle was worn by Jehovahs WItnesses in Nazi concentration camps, and the pink triangle by “homosexuals”).

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We are faith-neutral and our one rule is that no preaching take place whether it be pro or anti religion. Whether you are an atheist, a Christian, have adopted another belief or haven’t made your mind up, you will be welcome and fit in with our group.

The group focuses on:

  • Helping LGBT ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses who have been shunned find meaningful friendships and connections outside the religion.
  • Providing a space for LGBT ex-JWs to share their experiences with those who truly know what it’s like to leave such a high-control group.
  • Forming links with other individuals and groups who have left high-control groups to emphasise the similarities in our experiences: ex-Muslims, ex-Ultra-Orthodox Jews, ex-LDS (ex-Mormons).

We have meetups in pubs/restaurants, bowling alleys and we also arrange talks, conferences, museum tours and hope to start events which showcase the artistic talents of ex-Witnesses through art exhibitions, musical talentevents and comedy shows.

Please join us.



Ste Richardsson set up LGBT xJw Friends in 2014 as an offshoot of the “European LGBT ex-JW Support Group”.

Ste was born a 4th generation Jehovah’s Witnesses and served in both English-speaking and French congregations. From very early on, bored with the routine of meetings and ministry and viewed the religion as intellectually stifling. He went to his last meeting in 2007 at the age of 23 after coming out as gay. He studied a degree in Linguistics and Translation and spent a few years travelling and teaching in both France and Japan. Ste currently lives in Deptford, London with his partner Peter, and co-organises xJw Friends with Terri.