Wholly Holy: What does the identity of being LGB&T add to the identity of being Christian?

The Revd Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, gave a lecture to the Greater London Changing Attitude group at St Martins on Wednesday 30 January 2013. The entire lecture can be downloaded here but below are some extracts. …….And is there a place for LGBT persons in this model? Absolutely. They’re in the front […]

South Africa’s LGBTI community responds to anti-gay traditional leaders

ANC MP Patekile Holomisa

  South Africa’s LGBTI community has reacted strongly against a statement made by ANC MP and Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA (Contralesa) president Patekile Holomisa on the rights of gays and lesbians. Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW) questioned whether the National House of Traditional Leaders knew that their comments constitute hate speech. […]

Indian psychiatrist Dr. Gurvinder Kalra on Coming Out post-377

Dr Gurvinder Kalra

Dr Gurvinder Kalra is from the Department of Psychiatry, Lokmanya Tilak Medical College and Sion General Hospital, Mumbai. Dr. Kalra provides guidance to psychiatrists who are encountering clients from the LGBT community in the wake of Delhi High Court’s 377 decision decriminalizing consensual same-sex behavior among adults. In the 1st quarter, 2012 issue of Indian […]

Lobby group advocates for new Commonwealth Charter on LGBT people

Britain’s Kaleidoscope Trust has submitted its recommendations for changes to the Commonwealth Charter and called for an agreed timetable to end the criminalisation of LGBT people. The call came in response to a request by the Royal Commonwealth Society for proposals to amend the new draft Charter of the Commonwealth. Eighteen countries in Africa are […]

Archbishop of York on ‘changing attitudes’

Archbishop Sentamu wearing a hoodie

In the wake of the Occupy the London Stock Exchange protest outside St Paul’s Cathedral, the Archbishop of York has issued a ‘Call to re-establish a fairer society’ in which he highlights the social consequences of huge pay differentials and tax avoidance by wealthy companies and individuals: http://www.archbishopofyork.org/articles.php/2238/archbishops-call-to-re-establish-a-fairer-society In addition to regulation, he believes that […]

Ghana’s Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) backs down on LGBTI human rights

Ms Laureta Vivian Lamptey, Ghana’s new Commissioner at the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), assumed office last week after being sworn in by President John Evans Atta Mills. In an interview with Peace FM, Ms Lamptey voiced two common views that slow down progress for LGBTI human rights: African values and majority […]

Death zone for lesbians in Philippines

The Philippine Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Hate Watch has released a study calling out Mindanao as the deadliest place in the country for lesbians. Since 1996, half of all fatal hate crimes against queer women have occurred in the easternmost island, the nation’s second-largest city. That’s 6 out of 12 deaths, so we’re talking […]

Death with the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill and GAFCON, and freedom for the rest of us

Ugandan MP David Bahati

I’ve been following with some anxiety the progress of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda and the news published yesterday about GAFCON’s future plans. The Uganda Bill first, and to simplify by focussing on one detail – MP David Bahati, sponsor of the Bill has been saying for some time that the death penalty will be […]