We read much about the persecution of homosexuals (and perceived homosexuals) in Africa (notably, here and here). As we should. At the same time, let’s also pay attention to the excellent advocacy work on GLBTQ human rights on the continent.
The following sermon by Archbishop Tutu is just one example of powerful advocacy work for gay and lesbian equality:
A student once asked me, If I could have one wish granted to reverse an injustice, what would it be? I had to ask for two. One is for world leaders to forgive the debts of developing nations which hold them in such thrall. The other is for the world to end the persecution of people because of their sexual orientation, which is every bit as unjust as that crime against humanity, apartheid….
…Equally, I cannot keep quiet while people are being penalized for something about which they can do nothing — their sexuality. To discriminate against our sisters and brothers who are lesbian or gay on grounds of their sexual orientation for me is as totally unacceptable and unjust as apartheid ever was. (More here)