July 8, 2021

Reinterpreting ancient texts to end the violence against LGBTIQ+ people

With the backdrop of the recent escalation of violence against the LGBTIQ+ community in South Africa, IAM’s Michelle Boonzaaier reflects on Acts 8:26-40 as a call for faith leaders to reinterpret ancient texts in ways that contribute meaningfully towards spreading messages of inclusion and love rather than violence and violation against LGBTIQ+ people. #enoughisenough
July 5, 2021

Inclusive & Affirming Ministries (IAM) mourns the passing of Reverend Phumzile Mabizela

Inclusive and Affirming Ministries (IAM) is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Rev. Phumzile Mabizela, board member and ally in the struggle towards a more inclusive and affirming faith space on the African continent.
June 25, 2021

Focusing on the rainbow behind the dark clouds

Despite the hope that is celebrated by many in the LGBTIQ+ community worldwide in June, the continued violence and fight for our lives in South Africa leads many of us to wonder when we’ll really be able to celebrate our freedom. IAM’s Thuli Mjwara urges us to focus on the rainbow behind the dark clouds and celebrate our wins, no matter how small, and continue fighting for the freedom we ALL deserve.
June 17, 2021

Can faith be trusted as a sanctuary for LGBTQI+ people during a pandemic of violence?

International Day against homophobia, biphobia, intersexphobia and transphobia (IDAHOBIT), IAM took part in a powerful webinar moderated by Justice Edwin Cameron, with guests Dr Anastasia Thomson, Siya Khumalo, and Imam Muhsin Hendricks. Each shared their personal stories of faith sexuality, and asked the question of how faith can be viewed as a safe space for LGBTIQ+ people in our current climate of violence.
May 17, 2021

Counter Communities of Care: IAM’s third queer think tank

IAM has hosted two queer think tanks since 2015, each building on the previous learnings and providing a space for queer clergy, faith leaders and allies to analyse, assess and strategise towards the inclusion and recognition of LGBTIQ+ people in the faith landscape in South Africa.
May 12, 2021

‘You are Muted, Unmute Yourself:’ An Open Letter to South African Church Leaders on the Plight of the LGBTIQ+ People

It is a silent genocide! People whose sexuality is diverse and whose gender identities do not conform to heteronormativity - namely, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-diverse, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ+) people - are on the receiving end of barbarism in South Africa. We are stirred by this horrifying development to pen down this open letter to you, gravely disturbed that you are invisible, inactive, and muted as this evil unfolds.
May 12, 2021

#EnoughisEnough: Faith leaders denounce LGBTIQ+ Hate Crimes

Over the past several months, a fresh series of brutal hate crimes have torn through the South African LGBTIQ+ community. Together IAM and faith leadership call for the end to the violence against the LGBTIQ+ community.
March 31, 2021

Incorporating lived realities of trans and gender diverse persons into the South African Identification System

The South African Department of Home Affairs is considering a new ID policy that would, among other things, make changes to how sex and gender are represented on ID documents. IAM’s Greyson V. Thela looks closely at the proposed changes and reflects on what the implications may be on trans and gender diverse communities in South Africa.
March 15, 2021

Reclaiming Humanity Through Acceptance: Rev Jacques Jacobs, URCSA

Reverend Jacques Jacobs of the Nababeep URCSA congregation spoke with IAM about his own journey towards embracing an inclusive church, the work he asked IAM to do with his presbytery, and advice for other religious leaders looking to kickstart conversations around diverse identities in their congregations.
March 10, 2021

Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Access to Reproductive Health and Rights from a Religious Perspective

The IAM team came together with our seven regional partners in Feb 2021 to co-create contextual interventions that work to advance comprehensive sexuality education and access to reproductive health and rights across the continent.