Sunday, April 16, 2006

Gay Friendly Church to Come to East Africa

According to the Catholic Information Service for Africa, Pro-Gay Church to Start Missions in Kenya And Uganda.
The church community of St Sebastian, based in the Spanish Canary Islands off the coast of southern Morocco, announced the establishment of its first fellowships in mainland Africa last weekend.

"In recent weeks we have been blessed with the opportunity to extend our ministry throughout Africa, and especially in Kenya and Uganda," Rev Paul Gibson told Afrol News. Preparations to offer religious services in the two East African countries are at an advanced stage, he said.

Rev Gibson said establishing missions in Kenya and Uganda "is only the beginning of a new, fully inclusive church that will grow in strength and statue, whilst also becoming a voice for Christians who have been marginalized by an out-of-date system of administration."
It's been a year since I presented Queer 101 in Yaounde, Cameroon, which like most African nations deems same-gender love as illegal. I have been thinking a lot about places in the world where same-gender loving and transgender folks suffer oppression.

I know that one of the big issues we hear a lot about in the US is marriage equality, which is important in part, but there is so much work to be done to make this world a safe place for all queer folks everywhere. I find it amazing that this chruch group has chosen to go to East Africa. Perhaps it will save some lives.


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