Rooted in faith and justice, this global project amplifies faith voices that protect human dignity and achieve equality for LGBT people and their families.
In 78 countries it is illegal to be gay, in 7 countries the death penalty can be imposed. Homosexuality or same-sex relationships are criminalized in these countries as a result of the legacy of colonial penal codes. New anti-homosexuality laws threaten with imprisonment. The so-called homosexual propaganda laws threaten human rights education, medical and legal services for LGBT persons. They also foster suspicion rather than respect for the human dignity of LGBT people and their families.
While significant strides for LGBT equality are being made in the United States and many other countries, persecution of LGBT people is increasing around the world. Religion, culture and tradition are often used as sanctions for such persecution.
With these facts and experiences of LGBT persons in mind, how might we imagine a different world? How might we find ways to empathize, to understand what it is like to be a gay or LGBT person navigating their way in such hostile and life-threatening environments? How might we discover ways to stand in solidarity with LGBT persons and their families on the journey to a world that respects the human dignity of all persons? Together we can create a world that is free and equal.
About Michael J. Adee, Ph.D.
Michael J. Adee, Ph.D. is a human rights advocate. He has been working in the LGBT and HIV-AIDS communities since 1988. He earned his Ph.D. in Communication at Louisiana State University. Michael has been a university teacher, hospice chaplain, campus minister, tennis coach and a humanitarian relief worker in Zimbabwe.
He has been involved in both LGBT political and faith-work organizing. He served as the Executive Director of Stonewall Cincinnati and then as the Executive Director of More Light Presbyterians. With More Light Presbyterians, he directed the successful ordination policy change campaign for LGBT ministers in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
He served as the chair of the founding board of the Institute for Welcoming Resources, the faith work project of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. He serves on a global working group associated with the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) creating the Global Interfaith Network. Religion and human rights are his areas of specialization.
After Hurricane Katrina, he created RainbowCorps rebuilding houses in New Orleans. As an out gay athlete he has competed in tennis in ten international Gay Games and World Outgames. He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania as a benefit for equality. Michael directs the Global Faith and Justice Project of the Horizons Foundation, San Francisco. His home is in Santa Fe, New Mexico.