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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Scot Sherman: “I Could No Longer Unsee What I Was Seeing, or Unhear What I Was Hearing”

Paola Paredes: “These Staged Images Allow Us To See What Was Never Meant To Be Seen”

Ecuadorian photographer documents illegal anti-LGBT, conversion clinics through her “visual activism” project Until You Change

Saira Mujtaba: “I Loved My Uncle, I Mourn His Loss, I Wish He Could Have Lived a Happy Life”

A niece remembers her gay uncle’s suicide and calls upon her Muslim community to include and protect their LGBT family members in the latest blog of the Salzburg Global Online Forum on LGBT* and Faith

Victor Ciobotaru: “The More I Prayed, the More I Became Aware That I Am Gay and I Will Never Change”

Rev. Brandan Robertson: “As a Christian Minister, I Believe That Queer People (and All People) Are Created in the Image of God”

Christian pastor explores the tensions and intersections of his sexuality and faith

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
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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.