Africa / Americas / Faith and religion

Easter 2016: A prayer for all LGBT prisoners

An Easter message for 2016 Easter 2016 — a time when the Anglican Church of Nigeria refuses even to attend a meeting attended by a few representatives of the inclusive Episcopal Church for fears that, if they did, they would be in the midst of “a well-prepared camp of recruitment, blackmail, indoctrination and toxic relationship.” … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Faith and religion

U.S. church plans support for LGBT-friendly Africans

A group of Christians in the United States is preparing to chart a new course in relations with their African counterparts. Rather than the type of conservative anti-gay evangelical preaching that in the past has encouraged so much repression and hatred for LGBT Africans, the generally progressive, LGBT-friendly Episcopal Church is moving toward fortifying a … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Commentary / Faith and religion

Shared plight of lesbian, straight women goes unheard?

Excerpts from a March 20 commentary that the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle wrote at the conclusion of recent meetings of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York: Three thousand women are returning home from the UN after a unique opportunity to share insights and listen to one another. The question … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Commentary / Faith and religion

Lesbians remain invisible globally, even to other women

Gay folk around the planet will never be free until women around the planet are free.          — The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle Lesbian, bisexual and transgender women are still globally invisible, even to other women March 13 panel “Women of Faith. Women of Doubt.” will focus on the shared struggle for … Continue reading

Africa / Faith and religion

LGBTI Ugandans tell their stories in their own magazine

The Ugandan LGBTI community has launched its own magazine to tell their stories to the nation. “Bombastic Magazine is a compilation of stories, testimonies and opinions by LGBTI Ugandans. The objective of this campaign is to end violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people countrywide,” the introductory press release states. Supporters of the magazine … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Faith and religion

United in battle against sexism, homophobia

Sexism and homophobia are the targets of a strategic partnership fighting against the repression of both women and LGBTI people in the developing world. “The root of homophobia is sexism,” says the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle, a leader of the partnership and president of St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation. “The LGBT movement globally owes … Continue reading

Africa / Commentary / Faith and religion

Catholic setback? LGBT hope remains for long-term change

In the short term, the final report of this month’s gathering of Roman Catholic bishops discussing homosexuality and family issues eliminated the welcoming words that the preliminary report had included about LGBTI people. The news of that reversal was reported here: No More “Welcoming To Homosexual Persons” In Vatican Statement (BuzzFeed) Catholic synod: Pope Francis … Continue reading