The Salzburg Global LGBT* Forum advances the human rights of LGBT people and communities around the world. Founded in 2013, it has created a trusted 72-country network of LGBT and human rights leaders to facilitate open exchange and collaboration in highly-diverse contexts, spanning government, law, diplomacy, religion, finance, media and culture.

* LGBT: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. We are using this term as it is currently widely used in human rights conversations on sexual orientation and gender identity in many parts of the world, and we would wish it to be read as inclusive of other cultural concepts, contemporary or historical, to express sexuality and gender, intersex and gender non-conforming identities.



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Simon Petitjean: “I Am a Trans Man of Faith”

Connecting his personal and professional journey of faith, senior advocacy manager at the Global Interfaith Network brings together religion and LGBT* human rights at the United Nations  

Tashi Choedup: “My Faith Has Helped Me With My Queerness and My Queerness Helps Me in Making My Faith Inclusive”

Buddhist monastic shares their journey of forging a healthy relationship between their queerness and their faith

Brenda Rodriguez Alegre: As a Child I Would Pray to God “to Make Me a Woman One Day”

Academic, activist, choir soprano and expert on Filipino transgender history makes a passionate plea for Filipino queers to reemerge and be more visible and accepted in a religious society

Saskia Wieringa: “All Religions Have Their Progressive, Human Rights-Oriented Sides”

Rev. Ecclesia de Lange: “I Lived in Denial of Who I Am and I Settled for a Life of Celibacy and Secrecy”

Suspended Methodist minister and current director of Inclusive and Affirming Ministries reflects on a journey of becoming vulnerable and courageous

Fr Thomas Ninan: “I Started To Ask Myself, What Is Stopping Me From Genuinely Loving LGBT People?”

Indian Orthodox priest emphasizes the innate ability of each faith community to understand, accept and celebrate diverse gender identities and sexualities 

Ahmed El Hady: “I Would Love To See Many Members of the LGBT Community Revolting Against the Predominant Religious Discourse but Who Will Defend Them?”

Egyptian neuroscientist and political activist makes a case for the secularization of politics and society as the only way of LGBT inclusion 

Sukhdeep Singh: “I Want To Assure Other Young Queer Sikhs That One Could Be Gay and Sikh”

Founder of Indian e-magazine Gaylaxy explains why courage can be very infectious

Lebohang Matela: “If Religious Leaders Can Speak with One Voice Together with the LGBT* Community, then the Battle is Won”

Regional coordinator of dialogues between religious leaders and LGBT persons in Southern Africa explains what works 

Giti Thadani: “A Global Conversation on Faith and LGBT* Needs to Begin Opening Up to Complex Questions”

Writer, archivist, activist and expert on the Hindu Shakti goddess traditions shows how thousand year old non-binary traditions and dual deities of the same sex reverberate and guide us today
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