In this monthly series, we hand over the blog platform to IAM’s staff to share their own journeys, stories and insights in their own words. Though our journeys are all unique and individual, many of us share common challenges and dilemmas as we simply attempt to lead our lives as […]
Safe spaces are one of the main requirements for IAM to be able to carry out its transformative work embodied in the Wheel of Change. In this post, Ingrid Schoonraad, IAM’s Regional Programme Manager, reflects on the importance of safe spaces, what they look like in practice, and the things […]
Since its inception in 1995, IAM has learned through trial and error that there is a way to create change around a contentious and controversial issue like homosexuality within faith communities in Africa. To capture that work, IAM developed a theory of change that is inclusive and affirming, and that […]
In this monthly series, we hand over the blog platform to IAM’s staff to share their own journeys, stories and insights in their own words. Though our journeys are all unique and individual, many of us share common challenges and dilemmas as we simply attempt to lead our lives as people of faith while loving whom we love.
The reality between South Africa’s progressive Constitution and what happens on ground level remains a challenge to many. Especially the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community feels the harsh effect as murder, rape, violence against the LGBTI community continues. In the most recent incident David Olyn was tied up, beaten, set on fire and killed according to reports, last weekend.Although many civil society organisations and state departments are working tirelessly to stop the persecution against the LGBTI community somehow it appears as if LGBTI hatred is escalating. The question remains. Is homosexuality un-African? Are the anti-gay legislation of countries like Nigeria, Uganda, Ethiopia adding to this dilemma or is this just a simplistic matter of ignorance?
IAM participated in 24 national radio programmes, 5 regional radio talk shows and 2 national television interviews. Regional and national newspapers have frequently covered our work or asked for comment on related issues. Three feature articles have appeared in separate major magazines. IAM has networked with and participated in, programmes […]
A comprehensive research project conducted in 2000, involving 3600 clergy from 7 different denominations, assessing their knowledge, exposure and attitude towards homosexuality Providing counselling to 1200 gay and lesbian individuals Creating the IAM documentary, Created in the image of God, which has been sold or distributed to more than 2000 […]