http://changingattitude.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/004.jpg 790w" sizes="(max-width: 161px) 100vw, 161px" />Michael Kimindu, Changing Attitude’s representative in Kenya, is developing relationships with bishops in the Church of Kenya and bringing awareness of the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people into their consciousness.
Meeting Bishop of Machakos
Today Michael is meeting Bishop James M Kanuku of Machakos Diocese to talk about the possibility of holding a clergy seminar about LGBTI issues in the diocese. Machakos is about 40km from Nairobi.
Meeting Bishop of Mombassa
This meeting is a prelude to Michael travelling overnight to Mombassa to meet the bishop, the Rt. Rev’d Julius Kalu tomorrow. Bishop Kalu was one of the nineteen Anglican bishops who met in Dar Es Salaam Tanzania from February 24 to 27 2011. Michael contacted the bishop on his return and asked for tomorrow’s meeting.
Michael was in Rwanda at the beginning of March and was given the opportunity to talk to the staff and students of Kigali Anglican Theological College on 1st March. He talked for 45 minutes about his work for LGBTI people with Changing Attitude and Other Sheep Ministries, basing his talk on John 10:16 and Isaiah 56:1-4. The staff and students listened and at the end asked questions. At the end the Administrator said that unless the bishop allowed discussion, it could not continue beyond the Class-room.
This was the first time such a talk had taken place in the School and another remarkable opening in Michael’s work. He says the School is struggling financially and in infrastructure, although it has good buildings.
Michael is also planning to travel to Uganda where he has contacts in Kampala, Mbarara in the West and Lang’o to the north.
Guardian gay rights video features Michael
A video was issued yesterday by Christian Aid and The Guardian newspaper as discrimination against homosexuals in Africa intensifies. Filmed in Mombasa, Kenya, it features the experience of Melvin, a gay male prostitute who is risking his life and health to support his younger sister.
The video speaks of the strong discrimination against sexual minorities in the churches of East Africa and includes an interview with Michael Kimindu who long encourages Christians to re-think their attitude to LGBTI people.
The video is the first in a series of 6, one appearing each Monday, on tackling poverty in Africa.