On 7 & 8 April 2016, 100 participants from 13 countries representing interested church groups and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTI) organizations convened for this dialogue in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. The dialogue explored and assessed current church-based approaches to affirm the dignity of women and men who are homosexual, as well as transgender and intersex people. Be sure to watch Eudy Simelane: A Life Cut Short, a video documentary on the life of Eudy Simelane, the South African national football star whose life was taken because she was lesbian. The documentary was premiered during the inaugural Eudy Simelane lecture hosted by the Ujamaa Centre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and highlights why religious affirmation of LGBTI people is so important. Click here to read more about the convening.
On 13 April 2016, The Other Foundation has convened a working group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) business owners and social entrepreneurs in Cape Town, to establish a national LGBTI Business Network. The network- a South African first – is geared to address the exclusion from scarce employment opportunities, and discrimination in the workplace, of LGBTI people in south Africa. The progress that has been made in our region regarding LGBTI rights, presents an unprecedented opportunity for LGBTI economic empowerment and social acceptance in southern Africa, using the power of business. Click here to learn more about the network.