Almost 400 world spiritual leaders, together with anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu and Britain’s Bishop of Liverpool, known as on Wednesday for nations to overturn bans on same-sex relations and finish LGBT+ conversion therapy.
Sixty-nine United Nations member states nonetheless outlaw homosexual sex, in line with the 2020 State-Sponsored Homophobia report launched by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA World) on Tuesday.
Only Brazil, Ecuador, Malta and Germany have instituted types of nationwide bans on conversion therapy, which goals to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender id.
Organised by the Ozanne Foundation charity, the declaration has been signed by faith leaders from 35 nations, together with representatives of the world’s essential religions, and former Irish President Mary McAleese, a outstanding member of the Roman Catholic Church.
The announcement, which marks the launch of the Global Interfaith Commission on LGBT+ Lives, will probably be made on Wednesday at a digital convention of worldwide faith representatives funded by Britain’s overseas ministry (FCDO).
Wendy Morton, Britain’s junior overseas minister, informed the Thomson Reuters Foundation that the declaration marked “an important step towards equality”.
“We fully support its call to end violence, discrimination and the ongoing criminalisation of same-sex conduct in 69 countries,” she stated in emailed feedback, describing conversion therapy as “an abhorrent practice and should be stopped”.
McAleese stated the joint assertion represented “a small step towards countering (homophobia)”.
“But it’s a necessary step to remind the faith systems of the world and people of faith that they have an obligation to their fellow citizens who are also entitled to the full dignity of their humanity and their full equal human rights,” she stated.
The declaration additionally acknowledges “with profound regret” that spiritual teachings by way of the centuries have “caused and continue to cause deep pain and offence to those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex”.
Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, former senior rabbi to Reform Judaism – which teams 41 impartial synagogues – stated the assertion was partly about acknowledging that “our religions … still have a lot that we are culpable for”.
“It would be lovely to say it has nothing to do with us, but our religious traditions have driven conversion therapy, particularly,” she added.
To date, the declaration has been signed by spiritual leaders together with Christians, Jews, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims.
“I think the Muslim community is ready for this conversation,” stated Imam Muhsin Hendricks, who based the Masjidul Ghurbaah Mosque in Cape Town, South Africa, one of many world’s few LGBT-inclusive mosques.
“I’m currently training with six imams from different parts of Africa and the openness to look at this issue (is incredible),” he stated.
“I’m really amazed and excited because 10 years ago this kind of training with imams was not possible. So I do think the community is ready.”
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