WINDHOEK, Namibia — Judgmental attitudes towards gays and lesbians are common in the nation’s Christian churches.
Category: LGBTQI+Faith in Africa
The following stories on LGBTQI+ rights and religion in Sub-Saharan Africa stem from Taboom’s regular workshops for journalists, editors and media professionals across the continent. Since 2016 we have trained and mentored hundreds of journalists from more than 35 countries in the region.
LGBT Malawians face homophobia and discrimination at public health facilities
LILONGWE, Malawi — Activists say the religious beliefs and affiliations of health workers and their institutions often contribute to anti-LGBT discrimination.
Church condom restrictions in rural Zimbabwe linked to rise in teen pregnancies
HARARE, Zimbabwe — With Zimbabwe’s government deep in debt, churches play a critical role in providing free or subsidized sexual health clinics, maternity homes, and schools. Their support comes at a price.
Kenyan rights groups and churches spar over third gender option
NAIROBI — Ryan Muiruri is an intersex activist fighting for the official recognition of a third gender option in Kenya. Church leaders across the country oppose the campaign.
Queer-inclusive prayer spaces in Cape Town
CAPE TOWN — Even in Africa’s “gay capital,” sexual and gender minorities can feel invalidated or rejected by religious communities. Here are three inclusive prayer spaces in Cape Town that work to reconcile rifts between faith, sexuality and gender identity.
Uganda’s LGBT faith leaders say God’s love is unconditional
KAMPALA, Uganda — Ugandan human rights activist Barigye Ambrose profiles religious LGBTI Ugandans and their allies who have stood firm in the face of local homophobia.
Zimbabwe ministry offers counsel to abused sexual minorities
HARARE, Zimbabwe — In a country where homosexuality is criminalized and authorities and religious leaders often shun and demonize LGBT people, one Pentecostal church outside Harare is encouraging survivors of sexual violence to speak up.
Queer Muslims find solace and solidarity at South Africa retreat
CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Queer Muslim activists and allies from around the world gathered here last week to build a movement encouraging inclusive interpretations of Islam that honor and respect their identities in full.