Everyone agrees that bullying is bad, right? Well, apparently not. Catholic bishops in Colombia have convinced president Juan Manuel Santos to cancel a new anti-bullying program. Why? Because one of the booklets included information on sexual orientation and gender identity. Preeettttty sure that Jesus guy they seem so fond of wouldn’t be down with that. That and more at our monthly worldwide look at religion.
- In Malawi, organization MANERELA+—an interfaith network of religious leaders living or affected by HIV—hosted a regional dialogue with leaders, pastors, and sheiks and openly practicing LGBTI people.
- Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa announced that the Church will consider expanding provisions for LGBT people, including blessing civil unions and allowing LGBT clergy in civil unions to minister.
- A survey of US Protestant pastors found that different denominations have vastly differing opinions of how LGBT people should participate in the church. Meanwhile, US members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints continue to participate in ‘mass resignations’ following the 2015 ruling that excommunicated married gay couples and their children.
- Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos canceled a new anti-bullying program after Catholic bishops led a massive protest against an education booklet on sexual orientation and gender identity.
- In the US, Jewish summer camps are struggling with balancing the gendered language of Hebrew with acceptance of trans kids. Habonim Dror, which operates seven North American camps, is the first to introduce a gender-neutral form of Hebrew. Meanwhile, author Leah Lax shared the stories of Hasidic gay and trans kids growing up in ultra-orthodox Jewish communities.
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