Prayer vigils to remember victims of homophobia and transphobia

By agency reporter
April 26, 2016

In the week before this year’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on 17 May 2016, numerous prayer vigils in remembrance of victims of homophobia will once again be held in several Italian cities, as well as in various other countries in Europe and South America.

This initiative involves an increasing number of gay Christian groups, various Christian communities (Catholics, Waldensians and Baptists) and many organisations or church groups from several Italian cities. As a result, relationships between gay Christians and Christian churches have been strengthened and grown deeper, producing positive results.

Gionata, the Italian project on faith and sexuality, asks: "Do you remember the bothersome friend the Holy Writ talks about? All you need is a bit of patience and goodwill, always bearing in mind that you don’t want to persuade others or take over the world, but only try to share your hope."

They say that "If we have done this, then others can too! So, this year again we will manage to get together in prayer in our city. Whether the group is small or large, it will be a great result nonetheless.

"We will try to show that the church doesn’t leave out the gay Christians in our city. In spite of everything, the church or better yet the churches are present. It is important to remember that God says, “Do not call anyone impure or unclean”. [Acts 10:28]"

The organisers say, “If you join us in prayer, a sign of hope will grow stronger and more meaningful, and we’ll be able to lay firm foundations for a future where gays and lesbians will be warmly welcome in churches.”

Prayer vigils in remembrance of victims of homophobia will be held in Italy with the support of  Progetto Gionata, and in Europe with the support of the European Forum of LGBTI Christian Groups.

* More about International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia here

* Progetto Gionata.

* English language version

* The European Forum of LGBTI Christian Groups



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