Free to be Me is a groundbreaking program that is designed to strengthen the voices of LGBTIQ+ people to demand and expect their full inclusion in society, with respect for their human, as well as economic rights. The program through its partners is committed to supporting LGBTIQ+ people to take the lead in claiming these rights to lobby and advocate for policies and practices that acknowledge, respect and secure them, change hearts and minds of leaders and everyday people.
That by 2025, a vibrant LGBTIQ+ civil society has successfully generated public support and influenced governments, businesses and societal actors to become advocates for LGBTIQ+ people’s human and socio-economic rights and the socio-economic position of LGBTIQ+ people has improved.
As one of the consortium members, GIN’s theory of change in the Free to be Me Program is:
Capacity building for LGBTIQ people of faith around the integration of their spirituality and sexuality: which enables them to remain engaged in faith spaces and to engage in meaningful dialogue with religious leaders.
Meaningful dialogue with shared recognition of mutual humanity through sharing life stories
Meaningful dialogue with LGBTIQ people of faith changes attitudes of religious leaders and religious leaders influence the social inclusion of LGBTIQ people, and politicians and policies.