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Inclusive and Affirming Ministries (IAM)

http://iam.org.za/

Overview

At IAM, they believe that religious fundamentalism, the evil of patriarchy, ignorance around the full diversity of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, in combination with a lack of exposure to diverse interpretations of sacred texts and the lived realities of sexual minorities, stand in the way of true democracy and the full realisation of human rights for all people in South Africa and the rest of Africa. Focus IAM focuses on being a catalyst for radical inclusion and the celebration of diversity within religious contexts. The purpose is to empower change agents with knowledge and skills to engage in the building of welcoming, affirming and inclusive faith communities, where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people, their parents, families and friends (PFF) and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) can participate fully and be strengthened in their spiritual, psychological and sexual identity as human being. LGBTI’s in Africa started realising that religious fundamentalism, patriarchy, heteronormativity, stigma, shame and forced secrecy are affecting every single LGBTI individual, regardless of whether he or she is a person of faith or not.

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