Global Online Forum on LGBT* and Faith

The Global Online Forum on LGBT* and Faith is led by Fellows of the Salzburg Global LGBT* Forum. 

Starting in August 2020, every week we invite Fellows of the Salzburg Global LGBT* Forum of different sexual orientations and gender identities and of different faith communities to address the questions of what is needed for religious communities and leaders to be instrumental in promoting the wellbeing, equality and inclusion of LGBT people in faith communities and society and how do LGBT people, today and throughout history, enrich and change the religious communities of which they are a part? We thank our blog contributors for their generosity in sharing their personal stories.

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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

Joy Ladin: “Religious Communities and Leaders Need to Stop Seeing LGBT* People as Other, as Them, and Start Seeing Them as Us”

Yeshiva University English professor and poet on how to do the hard, holy work of inclusion by knowing the soul of the stranger

Introducing: The Global Online Forum on LGBT* and Faith

Fellows of the Salzburg Global LGBT* Forum to foster online discussion about the inclusion of LGBT* people in faith communities and religious and cultural traditions in a new blog series starting this August 
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The articles and comments represent opinions of the authors and commenters, and do not necessarily represent the views of their corporations or institutions, nor of Salzburg Global Seminar. 

Readers are welcome to address any questions about this series to Forum Director, Klaus Mueller

* 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.