Faith is a powerful shaper of identity and meaning. It influences social norms, values and behaviours. All too often though, organised religion does violence to those who do not conform to dominant gender and sexual codes.
Keeping the Faith: Working at the Crossroads of Religion and Sexual and Gender Rights is a project of the HBF that seeks to explore and support faith as a site for strengthening human rights and justice for LGBTIQ people. This publication provides a snapshot of current issues, initiatives and central actors in the field and a conceptual framework to advance sexual and gender rights, as well as potential strategies to inform such work.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, as in much of the world, reporting on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression (SOGIE) can be tricky. Cultural taboos, entrenched stereotypes, social hostilities, legal prohibitions and editorial censorship often distort coverage of these sensitive topics. Add religion to the mix and producing responsible journalism on sexual and gender minorities can seem impossible.
125 queer Muslim activists and allies from around the world gathered outside Cape Town in October to build a movement encouraging inclusive interpretations of Islam that honor and respect their identities in full.
This booklet aims to help parents, families and friends of young lesbians to better understand and overcome their fears and prejudices so that they can give them the respect, love and support they need and deserve.
This book is not just about lesbians and transgender people. More than a collection of their life stories—it is a recollection of the stories of their lives; revelations of bravery; strength and poise; a tale of survival in the complex and constant struggle between the normalcy of life and the distinctiveness of self.
This issue of Perspectives sheds light on the ongoing struggle of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people for equality in Africa. The articles demonstrate that despite the myriad of challenges and hostile environment there is a growing movement towards changing Africa into a continent where LGBTI people enjoy the full range of human rights.