European Forum

of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Christian Groups

D&J—Being a Religious Believer and LGBT around the World

In this latest issue of “Dossiers D&J”, the magazine of our French member group “David & Jonathan”, the group gives a voice to LGBT people living in Africa, in Eastern Europe, in the Near or Far East, and elsewhere. They are of different religions (Christians from Catholic, Protestant or Orthodox backgrounds, Jews or Muslims), with different convictions, of different cultures, from countries, where their living conditions are quite variable.

They can be faced with violent homophobia or transphobia, that puts their psychological or physical existence in danger, to the extent that some of them are obliged to emigrate in order to seek refuge and start their life anew. Others choose to stay and fight for their dignity, in accordance (for some of them) with their faith. Their words, their courage, are our life lessons. Many of them testify that political or religious authorities encourage these LGBT-phobic persecutions in a certain number of countries, especially in Africa, in Eastern Europe, and in the Near East.