The Gay & Lesbian network took part in a dialogue that aims to tackle homophobia and the churches in Africa. The event took place on the 7 & 8 April at the Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary. The event was hosted by The Other Foundation and partnering organisations included the Open Society Foundation, Ujamaa Centre, KwaZulu-Natal Christian Centre, Arcus Foundation and The Gay & Lesbian network.
The discussions that took place included topics such as finding a shared language, finding an area of focus, and the engagement of the church, to name but a few. The co-facilitators were Ezra Chitando and Nontando Hadebe, however, there were many speakers and the audience was encouraged to take part by commenting and questioning.
On the evening of the 7th April there was an inaugural Memorial lecture for Eudy Simelane, who was a soccer player for South Africa’s Women’s national team Banyana Banyana. She was found dead in April 2008 in an open field after being stabbed several times because of her sexual orientation. She was also gang-raped. The Simelane family was present and Constitutional Court Judge Edwin Cameron delivered a moving speech on the plight of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in South Africa.
The Rainbow Theatre Company, the Gay & Lesbian Network’s drama group, did a sterling performance titled “Reality check: Living vulnerable lives”.
Read the press release and watch the video on the Eudy Simelane Lecture on Body Theology & Human Sexuality here.