It is illegal to identify openly as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender in 76 countries. In addition to the indignity and cultural persecution suffered, such laws also too often result in LGBT people in developing countries not having equal access to HIV prevention and other health services.
In response to the need for training and advocacy for individual community leaders and organizations in these countries, the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, in residence at St. Paul’s Cathedral in San Diego, Calif., developed the Spirit of 76 Initiative with a vision of supporting representatives from each of the countries where it is currently illegal to be LGBT.
Cathedral Dean Gary Hall welcomes the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle, president of the St. Paul’s Foundation, for a forum discussion with three courageous African community leaders visiting Washington, D.C., as the first-ever LGBT faith leaders invited to speak at the Civil Society Policy Forum, part of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s annual meeting this April.
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