Launch Conference

Speeches

The Global Interfaith Commission on LGBT+ Lives was launched on December 16th 2020 in London.  It was due to be held in the prestigious Locarno Suite in the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, but was moved online due to the pandemic restrictions.  The one day virtual conference, funded by the UK government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, consisted of a full day of speeches by senior religious leaders and LGBT+ activists from around the world.

WELCOME MESSAGES

Dr Mary McAleese

President of Ireland (1997 - 2011)

Rt Revd Dame Sarah Mullally

Anglican Bishop of London

HE Roberto Manuel Carlés

Argentinian Ambassador to Italy

sESSION 1 - tHE COST OF DIFFERENCE

Revd Canon Mpho Tutu van Furth

Speaker, Author, Artist & Retreat Facilitator

Dr Ahmed El Hady

LGBT+ Egyptian Revolutionary Activist & Neuroscientist

Jayne Ozanne

Jayne Ozanne

Director, Global Interfaith Commission
on LGBT+ Lives

SESSION 2 - CULTURAL CHALLENGES

Revd Dr Derrick McQueen

Associate Director of CARRS
Colombia University

Revd H Paññāvamsa Thero

Abbot, Dhamma Centre UK & Ambassador of Mindfulness to Europe

Gurchaten Sandhu

President UN GLOBE

Rabbi Abby Stein

Speaker, Author of "Becoming Eve"
& Educator

SESSION 3 - CREATING CONSENSUS

Revd Asir Ebenezer

Secretary General
National Council of Churches, India

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Toni Kruger-Ayebazibwe

Executive Director
Global Interfaith Network SSOGIE

Rabbi Laura JK

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner

Senior Rabbi, Reform Judaism (2012-20) & Co-Chair
Global Interfaith Commission on LGBT+ Lives

ENDORSEMENTS

James Duddridge MP

Minister for Africa, UK Foreign Office

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Crispin Blunt MP

Chair, APPG on Global LGBT+ Rights

Victor Madrigal-Borloz

UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

session 4 - tackling prejudice

Revd Brandan Robertson

Author, Activist & Theologian

Dilwar Hussain

Founder, New Horizons in British Islam

Michaela Youngson

Revd Michaela Youngson

President of Methodist Conference (2018/19)

Ursula Halligan

Chair, "We Are Church" Ireland

Revd David Mayne

Moderator of Baptist Union Council

session 5 - the inclusion imperative

Rabbi David Rosen

Chief Rabbi of Ireland (1979-85)

Most Revd Mark Strange

Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church

Rt Revd Paul Bayes

Anglican Bishop of Liverpool & Co-Chair, Global Interfaith Commission on LGBT+ Lives

Pictures of the conference