We are all God’s chil­dren

Jamaica Gleaner - - SATURDAY TALK -

THE EDITOR, Sir: THE BI­BLE teaches us that know­ing the truth makes us free (John 8:32). I be­lieve this ac­knowl­edg­ment ap­plies to hu­man sex­u­al­ity as well. Mem­bers of the clergy in Uganda are grad­u­ally chang­ing their at­ti­tudes and mov­ing to­wards un­der­stand­ing the di­ver­sity in­her­ent in hu­man sex­u­al­ity.

Dur­ing my re­cent visit to Ja­maica, I dis­cov­ered that peo­ple are of­ten bi­ased against LGBTQI peo­ple, us­ing Bi­ble pas­sages to bit­terly at­tack them as sin­ners. Clearly, LGBTQI peo­ple in Ja­maica are stig­ma­tised.

At Mon­tego Bay Pride, which I was in­vited to at­tend, I heard a med­i­cal stu­dent speak up against ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity on med­i­cal grounds. He claimed that LGBTQI peo­ple carry sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted in­fec­tions.

I re­mem­ber think­ing that as a fu­ture doc­tor, he should be more con­cerned about teach­ing peo­ple how to pre­vent and treat dis­ease rather than pro­mot­ing the mis­con­cep­tion that LGBTQI peo­ple spread dis­ease.

I was also sad­dened to see a young gay per­son who had been se­verely tor­tured be­cause of his sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion. Un­for­tu­nately, dis­crim­i­na­tion and vi­o­lence against LGBTQI peo­ple are of­ten backed by church lead­ers.

I be­lieve that the rem­edy to all these mis­con­cep­tions is ed­u­ca­tion. In Uganda, my or­gan­i­sa­tion, St Paul’s Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and Equal­ity Cen­tre, tries to ed­u­cate the clergy and oth­ers by of­fer­ing work­shops and sem­i­nars, where we dis­cuss di­ver­sity among hu­man be­ings.

Next week, for in­stance, we will be fa­cil­i­tat­ing a work­shop

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