Faith and religion

From New Zealand, a view of world’s LGBT rights struggle

The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle on "Gay Talk Tonight"

The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle on “Gay Talk Tonight”

The battle against Uganda’s draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill has produced some positive results — and not just the failure of the bill to pass in this year’s parliamentary session, says the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle.

In an interview on New Zealand’s “Gay Talk Tonight” online talk show with host Andrew Whiteside, Ogle says that in some ways the struggle against the Ugandan bill was “very helpful.”

“Progressive faith leaders in Uganda are speaking out and saying, everyone should be welcome in churches, everyone should have access to services,” Ogle said.  Uganda’s  Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law has led a well-organized fight against the bill, he said.

The confrontations in Uganda have also made apparent the dimensions of powerful fundamentalist religious opponents of LGBT rights who work behind the scenes both in Uganda and in the other 75+ countries with laws against homosexual activity.

Ogle said Uganda has “blown smoke into a space; we can see a very ugly face that in these other 75 countries we really don’t see.”

Ogle is the founder of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation and leader of its Spirit of 76 Worldwide project, which gathered 26 activists at last summer’s International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C.

Also in the interview, he discussed:

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