Press Release: European LGBTIQ Christians Welcome Strong EU “LGBTIQ Equality Strategy”
More Support of LGBTIQ People of Faith Is Badly Needed
The Board of the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups welcomes the new EU “LGBTIQ Equality Strategy” for 2020–2025 issued on 12 November 2020. Serious challenges for all LGBTIQ people are identified and actions proposed. Many intersections in the lives of LGBTIQ people are mentioned. The European Forum believes a stronger emphasis on the intersection of sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion & belief is needed to face contemporary dangers to all LGBTIQ people.
The thema of the online conference of the European Forum, organised from the Netherlands, is Strong Voices!
40 organisations, 150 persons from the whole of Europe
LGBTI-free zones in Poland, the Nashville statement in the Netherlands, above-average suicide among transgender people across Europe, campaigns against "non-traditional family relationships". Not every part of Europe is a safe place for LGBTI people and the climate is even getting worse in some areas.
We want to make a Strong Voice heard against the nationalist voices in Eastern, Central and Western Europe. It is our belief that God cares for the weak and oppressed in society and calls Christians, churches and organizations to look to after each other and to exclude no one.
Statement on the Situation in Poland
LGBTI+ People of Faith Oppose Polish Proposal for “Reparative Therapy Clinics”
The European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups and Global Interfaith Network for People of All Sexes, Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Expression are deeply outraged to find that the Episcopal Conference of Poland, gathering all Roman Catholic bishops of that country, has issued a paper on 28 August 2020 which states the necessity to create “clinics to help people seeking to restore their […] natural sexual orientation.” They also deeply regret the Polish Government endorsing such a proposal, as Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stated when he took questions from Radio Rodzina, quoted in the Polish newspaper Gazeta on 29 August 2020.