40th Assembly of the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups
Presentation of First Index that Measures LGBTI Inclusivity of European Churches
From 1 to 9 May, almost two hundred participants from all over Europe, Central Asia, and beyond gather online for the 40th annual conference of the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups. Highlight of the conference will be the presentation of the RICE Index, the Rainbow Index of Churches in Europe on 8 May that measures the inclusivity of churches towards LGBTI people.
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.
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.
Statement on the Coronavirus Pandemic
Joint Statement from Organizations Working on Faith and SOGIESC Issues
The coronavirus pandemic is proving to be the most unprecedented contemporary crisis we have faced. Political, social, and religious leaders are needing to react very fast. They also need to make sure that their responses are comprehensive and take into account the needs of all people, including minority groups and the most marginalized people.
Organisers Forced to Cancel LGBT Christian Forum in Yerevan, Armenia Amidst Violence and Death Threats
The European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups and the “New Generation” Humanitarian NGO (Yerevan, Armenia) are forced to announce the cancellation of this year’s Forum of LGBT Christians of Eastern Europe and Central Asia that was due to take place in Yerevan on 15–18 November 2018. We are deeply distressed and disappointed that political violence, death threats, and vandalism directed at LGBTI people are constituting a genuine threat to the safety of our participants.
Response to the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Memo to Government Agencies
The European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups was shocked and saddened by the news that the US Department of Health and Human Resources has issued a memo to Government Agencies proposing that gender and sex are one, and that they are “determined on a biological basis”, if necessary supported by genetic evidence. There can only be male and female. Such a rigid viewpoint rules out any possibility of recognition of those with variant gender identity and could also affect some people with intersex conditions.