The first-hand stories and experiences of LGBTQ people are central to the Gilead Sabbath. As your community prepare to observe a Gilead Sabbath – through prayer, advocacy, or action – root yourselves in the stories of LGBTQ people. Listen to their stories. Attune your eyes and ears with understanding, compassion, and solidarity. These stories would provide an excellent foundation for a religious education course, and they could easily be incorporated into any worship service or social action event.
“Many LGBT Americans and their families are at risk of being fired from their job, denied housing, or kicked out of a store or restaurant simply because of who they are. Julie Williams, a transgender woman living in rural Pennsylvania – one of the 31 states that lack explicit sexual orientation and gender identity protections – talks about her experience without basic non-discrimination protections, the toll it takes on employment opportunities, and her desire to live free from fear.” Watch Julie’s story here.
The Center for American Progress asked transgender and allied faith leaders what communities of faith need to know about transgender people. Hear how they responded in this three minute video. See their stories here.
“Despite historic progress on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender—or LGBT—rights over the past several years, many LGBT people and their families still face serious and life-altering discrimination in their daily lives. John Murphy and his husband, Jerry Carter, know firsthand the financial and emotional impact of the discrimination that remains following the adoption of marriage equality nationwide. In April 2015, John was fired from his job as the executive director of a senior living facility in Virginia simply for marrying Jerry, the love of his life.” See their story here.
“There are more than a quarter million immigrants in the United States today that are both LGBT and undocumented. These are some of their stories.” See their stories here.
“In many states it is still legal to discriminate against LGBT Americans because of their sexual orientation. There is no federal law prohibiting LGBT Americans from being fired, from being refused service, or, incredibly, even from being denied access to medical care. Krista and Jami Contreras of Detroit talk about what happened to their six-day old daughter Bay when they took her to meet her pediatrician for the first time.” See their story here.
This video is the first hand account of a South African mother telling “the story of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in her community, including her lesbian daughter, and the fight to live Free & Equal.” See her story here.
This video tells “the story of a young HIV positive gay man in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, whose journey through the public health system — which is largely supported by international donors led by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and malaria — reflects the challenges inherent in reaching those who are most vulnerable to infection by the disease. The film underscores the impact of stigma, discrimination and ignorance on the health system’s ability to effectively manage HIV.” See his story here.
by None on Record is the first video in a web-series “that gives LGBT Africans a platform to share their everyday lives with each other and the world…WE ARE QUEER AFRICA offers a new narrative about LGBT Africans that goes beyond homophobia and gives more people a safe space to document their experiences.” See this video here.
In this TED talk, Bisi Alimi, “the first open gay rights activist from Lagos Nigeria, tells us the story of his friend Ibrahim – his best friend who died of AIDS in a country ruled by religion and extreme conservatism. His mission is to engage the world in a conversation about social equality, sexuality and the power of change.” See his TED talk here.
This video tells the story of a gay African man from Nigeria, Michael Ighodaro. In 2012, Ighodaro fled his native Nigeria for the US because of physical and verbal attacks against him for being gay. Later, Ighodaro was granted political asylum, and he has since settled into a new life in New York City. See the video of his story here.
This video tells the story of LGBTQ Africans seeking asylum and refuge in South Africa, where the Constitution promises equal rights. What these refugees and asylum seekers find, however, is that their move to South Africa does not prevent intolerance and discrimination because of their sexuality. See their stories here.
In this video prepared for the International Conference on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Oslo 15th – 16th April 2013, Desmond Tutu speaks to the persecution of LGBTQ persons and his support for LGBTQ rights. See his statement here.
This video is a public service announcement encouraging African people to talk about LGBTQ people and human sexuality in general. It is a window into how some Africans have themselves articulated these issues and sought to engage in civil dialogue. See the video here.