The GIN Speakers Bureau is part of GIN’s international advocacy programme which is focused on amplifying local, under-represented – mostly from the Global South – faith-based LGBTI narratives in international fora. It pairs our Speakers with staff support and funding to connect them to high-level speaking opportunities. In high level political contexts, SOGIE diversity and rights for people of diverse SOGIE have often been depicted as a Western imposition in Global South countries, on the grounds that traditional Global South contexts are faith- and tradition-based. The introduction into these spaces of the voices of SOGIE diverse people of faith from the Global South will undercut the assumption that SOGIE diversity is a Western imposition, as well as undercutting the assumption that SOGIE diverse people are in opposition to faith. The presence of LGBTIQ++ people of faith in these HR forums will therefore undercut the dominance of conservative voices in the faith space, and create space for secular HR activists to find common ground with progressive faith actors.
The process piloted in Johannesburg in August 2018, with speakers from 7 Sub-Saharan African countries. In 2019, we sent Speakers to the Human Rights Council’s 40th, 41st and 42nd sessions, in Geneva, and to the Commission on the Status of Women (March), in New York. Visit our News page for regular information and pictures!
Below is a list of all of our Speakers: