June 12, 2019

IAM Regional Partners Profile: ZANERELA+

In this series we introduce you to IAM’s regional partners. The team from Zambia’s ZANERELA+ tells us about the work the organisation is undertaking to tackle the continued discrimination faced by the LGBTI community in Zambia on multiple levels, and the support they have received from IAM.
May 30, 2019

IAM Staff Profile: Alida Bergman

Alida Bergman, IAM’s Financial Administrator since 2013, knows firsthand how important tolerance, respect and understanding are in the face of difference – without them she might not be blessed with the wonderful family she has. Her devotion to her faith is strengthened by her wider beliefs that faith can take many forms, and that ALL humans are created in God’s image and must be loved equally. Read more about Alida’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.
May 24, 2019

IAM Regional Partners Profile: NYARWEK

In this series we introduce you to IAM’s regional partners. The team from NYARWEK (the Nyanza, Rift Valley and Western Kenya LGBTI Network) tells us about the work the organisation is undertaking to tackle the continued discrimination faced by the LGBTI community in Kenya on multiple levels.
May 22, 2019

Justice and Protection For All?

On 17th May, the global community celebrated the International Day Against, Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB). IDAHOTB was created to raise awareness of the violation of the human rights and the dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons. The theme for 2019 was ‘Justice and Protection for […]
May 15, 2019

IAM’s Wheel of Change in Focus: Care for Changemakers

Support and care is an important key to IAM’s theory of change. At IAM our team is our greatest asset. Part of building a sustainable organisation is to make sure that staff take care of themselves – mentally, spiritually and physically. We work in a hostile religious, social and political environment, therefore taking care of ourselves is of utmost importance.
May 6, 2019

IAM Regional Partners Profile: SPREC Uganda

In this series we introduce you to IAM’s regional partners. Andrew Talemwa, Program Manager for IAM’s partner in Uganda, St. Paul’s Reconciliation and Equality Centre (SPREC) tells us about the problems the LGBTI faith community face in Uganda and SPREC’s work.
April 29, 2019

IAM’s Wheel of Change in Focus: Open Doors

IAM’s Wheel of Change has been developed as a tool for dialogue over the past 24 years. During training we invite participants to position themselves at any place inside or outside the wheel. The reason for this is that dialogue begins at any and every point on the wheel, even on the outside. All dialogue begins with choosing to listen.
April 26, 2019

Understanding Radical Love

Sarah Lane, a graduate student at UKZN, reflects on a recent workshop with IAM, challenging the performance of Christ’s radical love in the season of Passover, and examines how faith spaces include and exclude and limit diverse human beings.
April 16, 2019

Laying the foundations for change

IAM’s work with the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) and role in the recent landmark court case The Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) is one of the many denominations within Southern- and Eastern Africa that IAM has lobbied with and with whom we have done intensive advocacy work to bring issues of […]
March 27, 2019

The genesis of IAM’s regional partnerships

In November 2009, IAM and The Rainbow Project (TRP) Namibia hosted the First African Dialogue on Christian Faith and Sexuality. 77 Participants from 13 African countries participated. This dialogue was unique in its aim to show people of faith, be they lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or straight, that they can be Christians who are open about their sexuality and beliefs. It was a first encounter for many participating clergy (some commented that they “had never seen a LGBTI person!”) and LGBTI people (some reported they were “scared of the power religious leaders hold in their communities”) to talk with one another. Most participants expected a fight, some a war, instead IAM and TRP created a space where people could be themselves and respect diversity.