February 12, 2020

#LoveisLove

In honour of February, the month of love, the IAM team came together to reflect on what love means to us and how it manifests in our lives.
February 11, 2020

IAM Staff Profile: Greyson V. Thela

Greyson Thela, IAM’s Intersectional Process Coordinator, has always gravitated towards work focused on the protection and defense of those who can’t do so themselves. Read more about Greyson’s journey and work in this monthly series where we hand over the blog platform to IAM’s staff to share their stories and insights in their own words.
January 30, 2020

IAM Staff Profile: Marlow Newman-Valentine

Marlow Newman-Valentine joined IAM as Regional Coordinator in October 2019. His professional journey has been varied, moving from banking to inclusive church leadership to community development, yet throughout it all has run a thread of his passion and drive to end the othering of bodies and be a catalyst for social transformation. Read more about Marlow’s journey in this monthly series where we hand over the blog platform to IAM’s staff to share their stories and insights in their own words.
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?”