November 26, 2019

Reclaiming humanity through acceptance: bringing the message home

Bonganjalo (“Bonga”) Mbenenge studied theology at Stellenbosch University and took part in a number of IAM trainings and sessions, including the 2017 Queer Think Tank. In this three-part series, Bonga shares his journey to acceptance and inclusion of LGBTI people, how he is working to integrate his journey into his traditional congregation, and the importance of addressing issues of tradition and culture in our work with congregations and communities.
November 26, 2019

Reclaiming humanity through acceptance: Meet Bonga Mbenenge

Bonganjalo (“Bonga”) Mbenenge studied theology at Stellenbosch University and took part in a number of IAM trainings and sessions, including the 2017 Queer Think Tank. In this three-part series, Bonga shares his journey to acceptance and inclusion of LGBTI people, how he is working to integrate his journey into his traditional congregation, and the importance of addressing issues of tradition and culture in our work with congregations and communities.
November 19, 2019

Journeying together towards empowerment as queer people of faith

Each year IAM holds a Journey of Hope workshop as part of our work to support the empowerment of strong, mature LGBTQIA+ people with well-integrated spirituality and sexuality. Thuli Mjwara reflects on this year’s workshop and the continuing need for these open, safe spaces for discussion that help to dismantle, reimagine and reshape the religious narrative to be more inclusive of a variety of voices and bodies.
October 24, 2019

Intersex activism – Lungile Maquba’s journey

There are many journeys to becoming an activist and staying engaged in a cause. Lungile Maquba shares her personal journey to becoming a photographer and writer focused on intersex activism, what keeps her grounded and engaged, and how we can be allies to the movement.
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.