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There are numerous sources of information on life as a LGBT(I) person in the different countries where Denmark are engaged in developmental partnerships: Magazines, references to book titles, film clips or references to these. And at we have started to include these in our resources. Read about for example the newest issue of Qzine - African’s only magazine of LGBTI arts and culture. Find them in our extensive database of resources.

Q zine 10

Theme: Religion


In the resources it is possible to find relevant reports and articles relating to religion.

Here, we present firstly a report on how the U.S. Christian right is transforming sexual politics in Africa. Secondly, we present an article on recent trends in African Christian theology. In the article, a new trend of more tolerance towards LGBT people amongst African Christian theologists is identified. Thirdly, we introduce papers written on the intersection of Islam and LGBT people.

Colonizing African ValuesBased on months of research on the ground in sub-Saharan Africa by Political Research Associates, this report documents how the U.S. Christian Right is expanding its assaults on LGBT and reproductive rights.

The 68-page report from 2012 serves as a clarion call to the human rights and social justice communities to counteract right-wing neocolonialism by increasing both the scale and sophistication of support for human rights promoters in Africa.

Download Colonizing African Values.

In an academic paper, two authors focus on a specific group of African Christian theologians, being professional theologians who are academically trained and are working in the field of African theology. Two clear trends and trajectories appear from their analysis: The first major trajectory is that the theologians who actively oppose gay rights generally employ arguments that fit in the paradigm of inculturation theology. They refer to the Bible and to African culture to argue that Christianity in Africa, if it seeks to be truly Christian and authentically African, cannot tolerate homosexuality.

The second trajectory, and a more recent trend, is that some dissident voices are heard, emerging from the tradition of liberation theologies, in particular African women’s theology. These voices take a more tolerant stance towards homosexuality, show sympathy to the case of gays, lesbians and bisexuals in African societies, have questioned the various supposed bases for anti-homosexual rhetoric, and have provided some theological notions for further discussion on homosexuality and sexual
diversity in African theology.

Dowload the full article "Trends in African Christian Theologies on Homosexuality" here.

Thirdly, a growing body of literature on the intersection of Islam and LGBT people can be found. Here we want to introduce a paper discussing the view of Islam on the issues of sexuality, concluding that the biggest obstruction for LGBT people is the religious interpretation taking place. The paper proposes a new methodology in reinterpretation in order to promote Islamic humanism. Download Understanding LGBT issues in islam (2009, 16 pages).


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