The Global Interfaith Network for People of All Sexes, Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Expressions (GIN)

The Global Interfaith Network (GIN) is a nascent network comprised of organisations and individuals from around the world engaged in LGBTI rights work that seeks to have a positive effect on the role that faith, spirituality, and cultural traditions play in the social and legal status of LGBTI people. It was first conceptualised in October, 2012 at the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) World conference in Stockholm by 39 people from 26 different countries, of which more than half were from the Global South. These rights activists came together to discuss a response to faith-motivated violence and religious persecution of LGBTI people that was taking place globally. Just over a year later, with OSF support, 80 LGBTI activists and religious leaders (of which over half were from Africa), and people of faith from other parts of the world met in Johannesburg, South Africa, to establish the Global Interfaith Network. They envisioned that GIN would have a structure and a mandate relevant and legitimate in working towards using religion as a force against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. From the very first meeting in Stockholm, GIN was envisioned as an entity led by, and working primarily with, activists and religious leaders from the Global South, with a strong emphasis on solidarity between the Global North and South. To ensure strong Global South participation in GIN’s structures and events, a significant portion of the group’s funding goes towards supporting travel scholarships for activists and religious leaders from the Global South. ShareThis

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