signs from around the world!
keeps coming in from various parts of the world
in the struggle for justice ! The late 1990s
seemed to be God's 'kairos' - God's time to
begin setting his lesbian and gay people free
from religious bigotry and prejudice!
I was on
a Pride march with lesbian and gay Christian
friends in 1995! As I walked with only my own
thoughts, after chatting to several, I had a
'kind of vision'. From walking in the Pride
march one moment, I was briefly 'transported'
into the great throng of Israelites coming out
of Egypt!! The message was clear - God was
bringing his LBGT people out of their captivity
As I wrote this in 2006, how
wonderfully this was being
seen in Gt Britain and much of Europe! Lesbian
and gay relationships legally recognised and
honoured, in spite of the spitefulness of such
as the 'Christian' Institute, Evangelical
Alliance and the anti-gay factions in various of
the churches and 'christian' cults.
they grow up spiritually and accept people who
are different. Jesus did, so why don't they?
They affect to follow him, but deny him with
their actions and words on this matter. But
'God's will' will be done!
Praise His Loving
battle is far from over, but many individual,
community and national battles are being won.
Praise the Lord!
*Some of the
many from the past to remind us of God's
People coming out; New
laws on discrimination and Partnership; &
New Gay Organisations formed in 1999
PEOPLE COMING OUT
BBC Breakfast News TV
co-anchorman John Nicolson came out.
The world's first
transsexual member of parliament, Georgina Beyer,
was elected in New Zealand.
Australia's new ambassador
to Denmark, Stephen Brady, presented his partner,
Peter Stevens, to Danish Queen Margrethe.
Australian High Court
Justice Michael Kirby came out.
Gay Australian Senator
Brian Greig used his maiden speech in the Senate to
call for gay equality.
Openly gay John Hyde was
elected mayor of the Perth, Australia, inner-city
municipality Town of Vincent.
Openly transsexual Leigh
Varis-Beswick was elected to the town council of
Kalgoorlie-Boulder, West Australia.
A member of the Canadian
province of Manitoba's legislature, New Democrat Jim
Tondeau, said he's gay.
Gay Canadian Olympic gold
medalist Mark Tewksbury became an activist for gay
The deputy mayor of
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Janet Mabley, acknowledged
she is gay.
Spanish Socialist Member of
Parliament Miguel Iceta came out.
Dutch national television
news' NOS-Journaal reported that the king of
Morocco, Sidi Moulay Mohammed (Mohammed VI), is gay.
Five nations now ban
discrimination based on sexual orientation via
their constitutions: Canada, Ecuador, Fiji, South
Africa and Switzerland.
Chile repealed its ban on
gay sexual relationships.
Sweden's parliament banned
discrimination based on sexual orientation in the
Frank Wolff Hinrichs won
Denmark's first anti-gay job discrimination case.
A ruling by Britain's House
of Lords opened the door for foreign gays seeking
asylum from persecution based on sexual identity.
British Defence Secretary
Geoff Hoon has lifted the ban on gays in the
military after the European Court of Human Rights
ruled it was illegal.
Court ruled unanimously that the armed forces cannot
The Canadian province of
Alberta OK'd gay adoption.
Mexico City's Legislative
Assembly banned discrimination against gays.
France enacted a registered-partnership
law that gives same-sex couples nearly every right
of matrimony. There
are similar laws in Denmark, Iceland, the
Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
The Legislature of the
Canadian province of Ontario amended 67 laws to give
gay and lesbian couples every right accorded
common-law opposite-sex couples.
The National Assembly of
Quebec gave gay/lesbian couples the same rights as
common-law heterosexual couples.
The Australian state of New
South Wales gave gay/lesbian couples spousal rights
in matters of property, inheritance, alimony and
Namibia's high court ruled
that gay couples have the same rights as
Hamburg, Germany, set up a
registry for gay and lesbian couples.
Former Danish health
minister Torben Lund 'married' his boyfriend at
Copenhagen city hall.
In an apparent first, two
Japanese men got "married" at a Shinto shrine.
Several dozen Bulgarian
gays published an ad in the daily newspaper "24
Tchassa" demanding legalization of same-sex
The Chelyabinsk, Russia,
gay group Freedom of Conscience demanded the
government legalize gay marriage.
Gays in India formed a
national network called LGBT India.
gay/lesbian centre opened.
Mongolia's first gay
organization, Talivan, formed.
Fiji's first gay group, the
Sexual Minorities Project, is established.
Murmansk, Russia's first
gay organization, The Circle, was officially
registered with the government.
Gays and lesbians in
Belarus staged their first pride celebrations.
The Bank of Scotland ended
a partnership with homophobic U.S. televangelist Pat
Robertson following protests by gays and their
Great year 1999!!
Injustice being pushed back in many places.
But remember in your
prayers the many gay people in utterly homophobic
societies where to come out means punishment or
We remember them before
you, O Lord!
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