International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia
Metropolitan Community Churches joins global faith communities to recognize 17 May 2018 as the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. It is a day when communities worldwide mobilize and attract the attention of those in positions of power and influence to the daily challenges and oppressions faced by LGBTIQ persons.
A particular strength of this day is that it decentralizes LGBTIQ narratives that, too often, are rooted in the ideologies of the global west and north. In doing so it turns attention to the global south, and other parts of the world where homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, etc. are weaponized against queer folks. As part of the global west and north, the United States remains a colonial and imperial force in the world, whose political influence perpetuates the disenfranchisement of marginalized communities.
In the spirit of expanding MCC’s Open Table, denominational leadership and local church leaders must continue to actively dismantle USA centric ideologies that dominate. We must move from thinking how we can help “them,” and ask ourselves how MCC churches and leaders outside the USA be a witness and a source for liberation.
Systems of oppression that sustain injustice along race, sexuality, gender, class, education, economics, religious beliefs, etc., are not unique to the USA. Therefore, it is essential to our call as a church to think deeply and prayerfully about how broadening our strategy of fighting oppression to include a greater international focus does not detract from issues faced in the USA but rather creates greater possibility for the liberation of all oppressed peoples.
The words in 1 John 4:18 say, “There is no fear in love.” Those of us in the global west and north need not fear what it means to broaden our perspectives beyond our own local communities. Rather, in a spirit of divine love, let us take a moment on this day to consider how we might dialogue deeply and critically with our global MCC siblings in the struggle for all of our liberation.
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Art at top of the page is provided by International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia 2018 Posters to Share: https://dayagainsthomophobia.org/idahotb-2018-posters-to-share/