Canadian, American and African bishops meet for fourth Consultation

Eighteen bishops met in Cape Town, South Africa from 2 to 5 May for the fourth Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue. Michael Ingham of New Westminster, Canada and James Tengatenga of Southern Malawi, both friends of Changing Attitude England, were present as well as bishops from South Africa, Burundi, Zambia, South Sudan, Ghana, Canada and […]

Malawi suspends anti-gay laws

Malawi suspended laws against same-sex relationships on Monday and has ordered police not to arrest gays pending a decision on whether to repeal the legislation. Homosexuality is banned in Malawi – as it is in 36 other African states – and carries a maximum sentence of 14 years. The Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara said he […]

The Bishop of Leicester speaks passionately in a Lords’ debate about the “Treatment of Homosexual Men and Women in the Developing World”

The Rt Revd Timothy Stevens, Bishop of Leicester, speaking in the House of Lords

The House of Lords held a debate on Thursday 25 October on a question posed by Lord Lexden. He asked  Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the treatment of homosexual men and women in the developing world. Changing Attitude’s interest in the debate is twofold. Firstly, members of our groups in Nigeria […]

Canadian, US and African bishops affirm common mission at third Consultation

Last week, the Anglican Church of Canada hosted the third Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue. Growing out of Lambeth 2008, which uncovered divisions and disagreements between African and other Anglicans on the issue of human sexuality and same-sex relationships, the dialogue held its first meeting in London in 2010 and it second last year in […]

A Sacrament of Love : a statement by the third meeting of Anglican Bishops in dialogue

A Sacrament of Love: Our Continuing Testimony of Grace This statement was released by the Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue after their third meeting June 4 to 7 in Toronto, Ont. The statement from their second meeting “A Testimony of Grace,”  is also available. Love has been perfected in us in this: that we […]

Malawi President charts change of course on homosexuality

Joyce Banda, President of Malawi

The President of Malawi, Joyce Banda, declared on Friday its intention to abolish laws that condemn homosexual acts in the country, thus going against the trend in Africa, where homosexuals are increasingly threatened with prosecution. Mrs. Banda, who became president of Malawi in April after the death of his predecessor, announced her intentions in her […]

Towards a progressive culture in South Africa

In the last few weeks South African representatives have launched an extraordinary human rights offensive at the United Nations, within the context of a growing global debate about the rights of sexual minorities. European, North American and Latin American states are moving increasingly towards guaranteeing full rights — including same-sex marriage — for sexual minorities […]

Malawi to review homosexuality law

Malawi will review a series of controversial laws, including a ban on homosexual acts, Justice Minister Ephraim Chiume has said. Mr Chiume said the review was in response to “public opinion”. Western governments criticised Malawi last year for jailing a gay couple on sodomy charges. On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the […]

Trying to build tolerance and fight homophobia in Malawi

The imprisonment and consequent acquittal of a gay couple in Malawi in 2009 sparked off the debate over homosexuality in Malawi. In the course of the debate in the conservative country religious leaders went as far as equating same-sex liaisons with Satanism. One organisation is trying to calm things down. Behind the Mask’s correspondent Melissa […]

African LGB&T activists return from three weeks training in Sweden armed with skills

After three weeks in Stockholm, Sweden 50 African LGBT activists are back home with knowledge and skills acquired from a human rights training programme. During the training, organised by amongst others the Swedish National Association for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (RFSL) the activists were trained to advocate, protect and defend LGBTI rights in their […]