Violent Attacks Against LGBT in Georgia
We, four delegates from the European Forum of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Christian Groups at the 1st International IDAHO Conference in The Hague, Netherlands, were shocked to hear of the violence in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Friday. LGBT activists gathered to mark the day, and 21 attendees were caught up in the violence and injured. Orthodox priests were directly inciting stone throwing as clearly seen on media film footage.
A Call to the Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church
The European Forum of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Christian Groups, representing forty-six member groups from twenty-two European countries, and from Anglican, Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant confessions, welcomes the wise decision of His Holiness Pope Benedict 16 to retire from his ministry on Februar 28, 2013.
Dutch Subsidy for International Project
The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science granted subsidy to an alliance of five Christian LGBT-organizations. The subsidy enables the Dutch organizations (LKP, ContrariO, CHJC, Netwerk Mirre and HolyFemales) to support Christian LGBT-organizations in Eastern and Southern Europe in improving their position within their countries and churches.
Justice and Love CENSORED
The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (CDF) has issued a notification on the book Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics by Sr. Margaret Farley, professor emeritus of Christian ethics at Yale Divinity School. The CDF claims that her position with regards to masturbation, same sex love and divorce are not consistent with the official Catholic teaching.
Freedom of Expression for LGBT People in St. Petersburg
The parliament of St. Petersburg wanted to pass a law against "propaganda of homosexualism..." forbidding any form of the self-expression of LGBT people towards persons under 18 years including any form of sexual education in school dealing with LGBT issues or public demonstrations like Gay Pride marches.
International protest has stopped the parlament accepting this law. The European Forum has written a letter to Vadim Tulpanov, the Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg.
LGBT Christians Want Pope Benedict XVI to Defend Their Human Rights
Today the European Forum of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Christian Groups has sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI asking for true respect of the human rights and the personal integrity of LGBT people. They appeal to the Pope for a clear statement against homophobic violence and any pressure by religious authorities to undergo "reparative therapy“, often causing harmful psychological damage. In this letter the Catholic Church is called on to grant LGBT people the same fundamental right to get involved in a relationship with a beloved other without being afraid of negative consequences from church hierarchies.