October 15, 2019

The journey towards the World Council of Churches 2021 Assembly: ensuring global LGBT voices are included

The Global LGBT Coalition has met annually since the 2013 World Council of Churches Assembly in Busan, South Korea to continue to advocate for inclusion of all voices in the journey, especially those from the margins. IAM’s consultant Judith Kotze reflects on the coalition’s preparation for the 2021 WCC Assembly.
October 11, 2019

Allying Intersex People

What does it mean to be an effective ally to intersex people? Are we at IAM doing so in our work? IAM’s Thuli Mjwara reflects on the binaries that still find their way into our work and looks at how we might create and hold spaces of true inclusiveness that embrace all of our various identities.
September 16, 2019

Moving from toxic to transformative masculinities as gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and heterosexual men and boys

While taking part in a Methodist Church vigil at the post office where Uyinene Mrwetyana was raped and murdered, IAM’s Hanzline R.Davids’ asked himself, “how do I feed the patriarchy, and what role do I play in gender-based violence?”
September 9, 2019

Embodied dialogue as a powerful tool

IAM’s Michelle Boonzaaier reflects on a recent event addressing sexual violence, how powerful embodied protest can be, and how to foster a more diverse dialogue in our work at IAM.
August 29, 2019

IAM LGBTIQ Scholarship Recipient: Tracey Sibisi

Tracey Sibisi was awarded IAM’s 2019 scholarship for study at the Gender and Religion Programme at the University of Kwazulu Natal. Tracey talks about the challenges promoting human rights for “invisible” populations, the role she sees for academics in field work, and how she is bringing what she learns in the classroom to her work in the field.
July 30, 2019

Taking stock of IAM’s impact in the region: IAM Regional Network MEL Consultation

IAM recently hosted members of its regional network in Johannesburg for a three-day MEL consultation, taking stock of successes the partners have achieved since the last meeting in 2013 and planning for the future.
July 29, 2019

Bostwana – LEGABIBO (Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana)

LEGABIBO (Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana) is a national membership organisation formed in 1998 to raise awareness, tolerance and celebration of sexual diversity. LEGABIBO was only officially registered in April 2016 after a long court battle seeking legal recognition of the organisation by the Government of Botswana. The organisation works across programme areas including legal reform, increased access to sexual reproductive health services, partnerships for movement building and public education.
July 19, 2019

Decolonizing sexual orientation, gender identity and expression: A feminist perspective

Thuli Mjwara reflects on IAM’s participation in the recent Global Feminist LBQ Conference, identifying the need for more inclusive, affirming words in our traditional languages with which to speak about the wide variety of sexual orientation and gender expression and identities that exist.
June 27, 2019

Stonewall: Embodied resistance of love
50 years of Remembrance and LGBTI Movement Building

50 years ago, a group of courageous people stood up for the rights of the LGBTI community in the Stonewall uprising. IAM staff, taking part in the 50th anniversary celebration and World Pride Day NYC, reflect on the contribution the uprising had on the LGBTI movement worldwide, and the echoes that are still felt today.
June 25, 2019

Reflecting on Youth Day: IAM embarks on intergenerational learning

For almost 25 years, IAM has been working in faith communities. In our work towards opening minds, hearts and doors, we have grown as an organisation in our own diversity and dialogue process. Over the past few years we have often been approached by schools and student organisations at universities […]