More than 70 countries criminalize LGBTQ people, including a dozen countries with the death penalty.
Catholic teaching is clear that upholding human dignity requires an end to discrimination and stigmatization. Catholics worldwide must join efforts to end these harsh criminalization laws and the attitudes which foster them.
The #PopeSpeakOut campaign asks Pope Francis to use responsibly his moral authority and public platform by condemning laws that criminalize being LGBT. Add your voice to our appeal as Catholics by contacting the pope!
Intimate Conviction Conference – In October 2017, The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Anglicans for Decriminalization hosted a two-day conference examining the role of the Church in anti-sodomy laws across the Commonwealth. The conference, Intimate Conviction, was a groundbreaking gathering that brought together activists, church officials, and politicians from around the world for an inspiring discussion.
To mark the one-year anniversary of this event, an edited volume containing many of the presentations from this conference is available. Free hard copies of this volume – Intimate Conviction: Examining the Church and Anti-Sodomy Laws Across the Commonwealth – can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Sexual Minorities Uganda – Led by Frank Mugisha (see below), this is an umbrella organization advocating for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Ugandans.
Profile in Courage
Dr. Frank Mugisha, executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda
Dr. Mugisha advocates for human rights in Uganda, and for his efforts has received many awards including in 2011 the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and the Rafto Prize. He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
At New Ways Ministry’s National Symposium in 2017, Mugisha told attendees: “I encourage you to think of any way you can support an LGBT person. Take it personally. Stand up. Speak out.”
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