Episcopal Life, July 2009
New Documentary Tells Stories of Gay Anglicans
By ENS Staff, June 01, 2009
[Episcopal News Service] Voices of Witness Africa is a new 30-minute documentary intended to help Episcopalians listen to the views and experiences of Anglicans who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) and to emphasize that homosexuality is "not just a North American or European issue," says the Rev. Cynthia Black. Read the rest here.
Transgender Africans Speak of God
August 13, 2008
Some of the most inspiring words I heard at the Lambeth Conference came from Viktor Juliet Mukasa, a transgender activist who heads up the group Sexual Minorities Uganda. Only, Viktor was not at Lambeth. Not in body anyway, but most certainly in spirit along with LGBT comrades from several African countries whose voices rang out in the film Voices of Witness: Africa, a preview of which was shown at Lambeth on July 23 and 28. I first heard of Mukasa last summer, when I read and blogged about a press conference organized by Sexual Minorities Uganda, a group he founded. Group members wore colorful masks to dramatize what it is like to be a sexual minority in Uganda right now. Read more here.
Articles of Faith, Ruth Gledhill, TimesOnline
Lambeth Diary: Gay Africans Tell Their Stories
July 20, 2008
The video above shows extracts from a film, Voices of Witness Africa, made by Integrity USA [sic] featuring gay Africans from Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda telling their stories. Integrity wanted to bring them to the Lambeth Conference but most would have lost their jobs and hence ability to get visas if they had 'come out' of Africa in this way. So instead the lobby group sent a team headed by film editor Katie Sherrod, interviewed above, to Africa for two weeks to video their stories and bring them to Lambeth.
The result is an incredibly powerful and moving film which is to be sent to every one of the 880 bishops in the 38 provinces of the Anglican Communion. Read the rest here.