Michael J. Adee, Director of the Global Faith and Justice Project, an initiative of the Center for Innovation in Ministry, offered an all-day institute on international LGBTQ issues at Creating Change 2018 in Washington, DC on January 25. The Creating Change Conference is the foremost political, leadership and skills-building conference for the LGBTQ social justice movement. It is sponsored and organized by the National LGBTQ Task Force, Washington, DC. Over 4,000 activists and movement leaders participated in the conference.
This institute was a historic first for Creating Change as its first all-day institute focused on international LGBTQ issues. Adee submitted the proposal and coordinated the creation of the institute upon its acceptance. Its title was “Crisis & Resilience: Strategies for International LGBTQ Solidarity” and 11 organizations joined the Global Faith and Justice Project in its creation and presentation. Over 100 people participated in the institute which included high school and college students to elders from across the United States and 5 other countries.
History was made this week at the United Nations as same-sex love and relationships were recognized and celebrated. Daniela Mercury and her wife Malu Verçosa Mercury spoke to media at the United Nations in New York City and at this forum: Protecting the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) People in Latin America: A Decade of Progress. Daniela Mercury is a Brazilian musician who has sold over 20 million albums and Malu Verçosa Mercury is a journalist. Daniela Mercury is a UN Equality Champion and a UNICEF Ambassador for Brazil. Daniela and Malu were married in 2014 in the company of family and friends.
The video Celebrate Love! is the new resource from the United Nation’s Free and Equal Campaign. It features a new song by Daniela Mercury and footage from Daniela and Malu’s wedding ceremony and celebration.