Believers of all faiths say no to violence against LGBTI people 

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Believers of all faiths say no to violence against LGBTI people

What is Faith IDAHOBIT 2017?
Faith IDAHOBIT was created in 2015 as a campaign to mobilize religious leaders, faith representatives, theologians and lay people from Europe to draw the public attention to the misuse of freedom of religion to justify and incite condemnation, discrimination and violence towards LGBTI individuals and communities. Freedom of religion and LGBTI rights are not mutually exclusive, but an integral part of our human rights system. They are conceived to treat everyone with respect and dignity, irrespective of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

How can you support Faith IDAHOBIT 2017?
Our main priority is to identify and engage people of faith that are willing to support IDAHOBIT. We can do that starting with May 17 as a momentum of reflection and action dedicated to create a European faith voice opposing discrimination and violence of LGBTI individuals and communities. There are two possibilities you can consider:

  1. Sign a Faith Declaration to condemn discrimination
    and violence affecting LGBTI people through
    www.inclusivefaith.eu;
  2. Explain in a video clip or written message why non-
    discrimination and non-violence are important values
    for your work and life.

We are glad to work with you to multiply and amplify your commitment to oppose any violence against LGBTI people and to strive for safe places for those who are often marginalized, simply because of their sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Your contribution is important and will be heard!

Why IDAHOBIT?
The International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia mobilizes support for the LGBTI community all over the world. The day of May 17 is officially recognized by various states and international institutions, including the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. Chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental disease in 1990 on May 17th, it is now a human rights call for all of us.
We can’t realistically expect various faith bodies from all member states of the Council of Europe to have a sudden change of position regarding the LGBTI community. We want to work together though to identify, engage and multiply those religious voices who treat discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity similarly with racism, sexism and other forms of intolerance.

Contact addresses:
Rev. Shanon Ferguson, presidents@euroforumlgbtchristians.eu
Rev. Wielie Elhorst, presidents@euroforumlgbtchristians.eu
Florin Buhuceanu, florinbuhuceanu@yahoo.com

Petition by,
Arjanne Boven

IDAHOBIT 2017 DECLARATION

In our countries too many times homosexual men and women, bisexuals and transgender people (LGBT) are the victims of violence, both in subtle and very outspoken ways. They are called names, made fun of, abused and even assaulted. They sometimes cannot feel safe in their own homes. In many places it is dangerous for them to be who they are and come out.

On the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, as religious leaders, theologians, and lay people of Europe, we therefore declare the following:

  • We do not all think exactly alike about sexual orientation and gender diversity, but we do all believe that every human being has been created in the image of God. This transcends all our markers of identity: age, gender identities and expressions, sexualities, race, ethnicity, language, abilities or religion. We therefore have to treat each other with dignity: respectfully, peacefully and with love. All violence against LGBT people is an expression of evil.
  • We state that physical and verbal abuse on any grounds should not be supported or legitimised in the name of “God”, “cultural traditions”, “religious norms” or “family values”: none of God’s children should have to live in fear. Anyone using violence against another human being denies the calling of Jesus Christ to all of us to love God and to love our neighbour.
  • We encourage religious leaders and people of faith to refrain from all words or actions that might support violence against LGBT people and to create, within their communities, safe spaces for encounter, consultation and dialogue.
  • We recognise that there are times in our own faith communities when the dignity of LGBT people is sometimes violated. We regret this deeply.
  • We promise to do everything that lies in our power to eradicate misunderstanding and fight against any hatred or violence against LGBT people, in all of our local, national and international contacts with civil society and other churches and church bodies.

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