Join Us for a Conversation with Africa's Faith Leaders

"Religion as a Positive Force for LGBT Rights and Ending Extreme Poverty in Africa"

Opening remarks by Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town

You are invited to join

Rajiv Shah, Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
Jessica Stern, Executive Director, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
Kevin Jennings, Executive Director, Arcus Foundation

for a conversation with African faith leaders

“Religion as a Positive Force for LGBT Rights and Ending Extreme Poverty in Africa”

Please participate, along with religious leaders and members of the global community who have been strong advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality and ending extreme poverty.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
9:30 to 11:00 am
Roosevelt House, Hunter College
47-49 East 65th St, New York City

Violence, discrimination and exclusionary laws have a devastating impact on LGBT individuals across the African continent, and some faith communities have only compounded the negatives impacts on human rights and poverty. Yet religion can advance a message of inclusion and equality. Working alongside faith-based and community groups is critical to raise awareness about development concerns and human rights.


  • Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, retired bishop in the Church of Uganda and campaigner for LGBT rights..
  • Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma, author of “Globalizing the Culture Wars,” “Colonizing African Values” and researcher who exposed the ties between U.S. right-wing evangelicals and the Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda.
  • Professor Dr. Jennifer Leath, visiting lecturer, Harvard Divinity School; Assistant Director for Research, Center for African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice at Columbia University; pastor, the African Methodist Episcopal Church.


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