Africa / Americas / Commentary / Faith and religion

Nigerian activists protest harmful, flawed N.Y. Times coverage

Nigerian LGBTI rights activists have challenged the accuracy of the Dec. 20 New York Times article titled “U.S. Support of Gay Rights in Africa May Have Done More Harm Than Good.” Complaints about the article have included: The unauthorized use of a photo of an activist (since removed), which put the person’s life at risk; … Continue reading

Africa / Faith and religion

U.S.-based church votes to support LGBTI Africans

A progressive U.S.-based church has voted to promote fair treatment for LGBTI people in Africa, especially in countries with strong anti-gay Anglican churches such as Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya. The LGBTI-friendly Episcopal Church, which approved same-sex wedding ceremonies earlier this week, passed a resolution today that instructed church officials to “work in partnership with African … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Faith and religion

Anti-gay Anglicans blast archbishop for friendly chats in U.S.

The idea that anti-gay African Christians could be friends with gay-affirming church leaders in the United States is “offensive,” “unbiblical,” and “a tremendous obstacle,” according to hard-line anti-gay Anglican leaders in Africa. In a letter to Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi of Burundi, five conservative Anglican leaders last month publicly criticized him for attending a meeting in … 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


U.S. rights advocates reject African-style quest for rights

American human rights advocates have undercut the work of their African counterparts by insisting on Western-style advocacy of gay rights from African supporters of human rights for all, says a group of prominent religious leaders and human-rights activists, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. The issue arose this summer when Dartmouth College in New … Continue reading