Anti-LGBT forces wield ‘traditional values’ as a weapon
Commentary / International

Anti-LGBT forces wield ‘traditional values’ as a weapon

The concept of “traditional values” has been weaponized for use against LGBT people. “Through a persistent rhetoric, powerfully promoted by Russia and its allies, LGBT people have come to embody all that is antithetical to so-called ‘traditional values,’ ” says Graeme Reid, director of the LGBT rights program at Human Rights Watch. Continue reading

Sanctions target gay-friendly Anglicans, not homophobes. Why?
Commentary / Faith and religion

Sanctions target gay-friendly Anglicans, not homophobes. Why?

The Anglican Communion rebukes American, Canadian and Scottish churches that stray from its party line against same-sex marriage, but remains silent as conservative African churches ignore the Communion’s call for an end to homophobic prejudice, violence and criminal laws targeting LGBT people. LGBTI equality activist the Rev. Colin Coward challenged those positions in a talk … Continue reading

The first LGBTQI+ conference for French speakers
Commentary / International

The first LGBTQI+ conference for French speakers

LGBTQI+ activists in French-speaking countries (La Francophonie) must overcome many challenges that their counterparts in English-speaking countries do not face. Two representatives of the new French-speaking IGLF Coalition took part in August’s first-ever international French-language LGBTQI+ conference in Montreal. Here they discuss the importance of this gathering and the state of LGBTQI+ activism in La … Continue reading

Another U.S. pastor pushes homophobia in Africa
Africa / Commentary

Another U.S. pastor pushes homophobia in Africa

Pastor Monica Pinnock, founder of Rehoboth Christian Church in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., traveled to Nigeria recently to advise church leaders to rebuke homosexuals, describing them as “devices of the enemy.” She follows in the footsteps of many other U.S.-based anti-LGBT evangelical preachers who have fanned the flames of homophobia in  Africa, including Scott Lively and … Continue reading