The Other Foundation based in South Africa has been producing a series of reports that deepen our understanding of LBGTI issues across Africa. As they point out, there is little research in this area, so their reports are making an important and needed contribution to the field.
For those looking to deepen their understanding of the interplay between religious faith and identify from an African perspective, the Other Foundation’s two recent reports are must-reads. There are more resources on the Other Foundation website at www.otherfoundation.org
When Faith Does Violence is authored by Gerald O. West, who teaches Biblical Studies at the University of KwaZulu- Natal; Charlene van der Wal, a post- doctoral research fellow at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Stellenbosch; and Kapya Kaoma, senior religion and sexuality researcher at Political Research Associates (PRA). Karma is from Zambia and is the author of Colonizing African Values: How the U.S. Christian Right is Transforming Sexual Politics in Africa.
This report is a re-imagining of the engagement between churches and LGBTI groups on homophobia in Africa and a reflection on how churches can become liberating rather than oppressive, redemptive rather than violent to LGBTI communities.
Silent No Longer is authored by Masiiwa Ragies Gunda, an Old Testament and biblical Hebrew Ph.D. scholar.
This report contains narratives of engagement between LGBTI groups and the churches in southern Africa. It is based on a review of current activities of church-related LGBTI groups and proposes approaches to engage churches about their role in either exacerbating homophobic violence and exclusion or promoting respect for all people, and discusses strategies for how that can be done effectively.