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Introduction

RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE IS A TASK THAT REQUIRES MUCH MORE FROM US THAN THE SIMPLE DESIRE TO DIALOGUE;

We need to know the best methods for this to take place and generate good results. 

In order to contribute to the existing survey of strategies and tools for dialogue to happen in the best possible way, the Global Interfaith Network (GIN), in partnership with HIVOS, has produced this toolkit that is the result of a project that unites LGBT+ and allied religious leaders and activists. 

GIN is a key player when it comes to the intersection of faith and inclusion, recognition and dignity of sexual and gender minorities in Global South contexts. It also has a sound network of relevant faith leaders and activists, and specific expertise and experience. HIVOS, together with partners, has started to work on religion and SO/GIESC for the past couple of years ago. Based on these experiences, we have developed this toolkit to achieve a change in attitude among religious leaders, leading to greater social inclusion and, in some contexts, policy change, to support LGBT+ people of faith and allies.

Strategies 

1 We are part of the human community
2 Be self-aware, authentic, be yourself
3 Tell stories
4 Empathy and compassion for others
5 Identify common ground
6 Draw parallels between human rights abuses
7 Sustain the conversation with resilience
8 Develop supportive environments
9 Build solid allyship

Our Stories

As our society evolves, it considers dialogue increasingly important in conflict mediation, in order to create a more just, equitable and sustainable existence.

Resources

TOOLKITS
Interfaith LGBTQ Toolkit: resources to empower Michigan faith groups to strengthen their welcoming, advocacy and service on behalf of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LBGTQ) (Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network with a grant from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan)
https://www.uujustice.org//wp-content/uploads/2019/04/LGBTQ_Toolkit_Final-1.pdf

ALL IN GOD’S FAMILY – creating allies for our LGBT Families (Institute for Welcoming Resources)
http://welcomingresources.org/AllinGodsFamily.pdf

HEARTS SET ON PILGRIMAGE – preparing LGBTI people of faith to participate in dialogue with religious leaders (Positive Vibes, FRI, FOCCISA and GIN)
https://www.gin-ssogie.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/HSOP-v2.0_sample.pdf

FAITHBOOK: A Guide to Faith and Spirituality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People (The Lesbian and Gay Foundation)
https://www.google.com/url?

DIALOGUE FOR TRANSFORMATION – a toolkit (Inclusive and Affirming Ministries)
http://iam.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Dialogue-Manual_WEB.pdf

ALL IN GOD’S FAMILY: a Jewish Guide for Creating Allies for Our LGBT Families (National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Institute of Welcoming Resources) 
http://welcomingresources.org/KolBmishpachatElohim-4.pdf

CELEBRATING GENDER AND DIVERSITY – a toolkit on gender identity and trans experiences for communities of faith (The United Church of Canada)
https://www.united-church.ca/sites/default/files/resources/trans-kit_2019.pdf

TRIBAL EQUITY TOOLKIT: Tribal Resolutions and Codes to Support Two Spirit and LGBT Justice in Indian Country (Native American Program of Legal Aid Services of Oregon, the Indigenous Ways of Knowing Program at Lewis&Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, the Western States Center, the Pride Foundation, and Basic Rights Oregon) https://graduate.lclark.edu/live/files/12737-tribal-equity-toolkit

LA LIBERTAD RELIGIOSA Y LAS PERSONAS LGBTI – cuaderno para el diálogo sobre los Derechos Humanos en El Salvador
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5784803ebe6594ad5e34ea63/t/57ce05052994ca4d3c1f2bff/1473119508238/cuaderno-para-el-dialogo_cristosal-final.pdf


18 FEARLESS ALLIES

Progressive interpretations of gender diversity and sexuality – a guideline to understand the human body
and God (Christian-Islam) (Gaya Nusantara Foundation)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hapKc1P_paODiXQ7viN-KYZQBQpY6lPD/view
Islam, sexual diversity and Access to healthy services

(APCOM Foundation)
https://www.apcom.org/sites/default/files/discussion_paper-islam12.pdf

Dialogue is a moment of openness that does not end when the conversation ends. The conversation between religious leaders and LGBT+ people is not a single conversation, but a dialogue under continuous construction. The interviews that helped to produce this toolkit revealed the importance of understanding LGBT+ issues as a process, and thereby, the dialogues require time and patience.