Love Is a Family Value
Free & Equal, the United Nations campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality, created the first ever Bollywood music video for gay rights with Equality Champion Celina Jaitly to promote a Free and Equal world. It’s a beautiful reminder that everyone should be warmly welcomed by family, no matter who they are or whom they love.
This blog seeks to amplify faith voices that protect human dignity and achieve equality for LGBT people and their families. It offer reflections on news and issues that affect LGBT persons around the world. It features guest voices and new resources for LGBT faith and justice work.
Changing hearts and minds which transform social attitudes and laws requires new insight, information and educational resources. Too many people have been incorrectly taught about sexual orientation and gender identity. LGBT persons and their families are part of God’s good creation and should be treated with dignity and respect. Faith stories, scholarship on sacred texts, and pastoral care information are helpful kinds of resources to share.
Creating a world that is free and equal happens when all of us work together. Everyone can make a difference: individuals, families, groups and organizations. There are human rights groups, health organizations, legal rights groups, civil society organizations and faith communities doing amazing work for LGBT equality around the world. We seek to partner with these leaders and groups in doing this faith and justice work.
“Because you are, therefore I am,” was the greeting that Dr. Ezra Chitando from Zimbabwe expressed to our amazing group of African scholars, theologians, faith leaders, activists and students at the Thorn Tree Lodge, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Dr. Chitando’s words to us were more than a greeting as they are often spoken in the context of a common African identity and an affirmation being known, understood and respected in community.