Why multicultural ministries with sexual minorities?
Networking over critical issues produces creative responses. Events such as the founding of Metropolitan Community Church (1968) and Stonewall (New York, 1969) sparked the establishment of affirming movements for us that sustain a liberation movement and solidarity in many denominations. What might spreading the news of these and other triumphs in human rights, and the AIDS struggle, inspire for those in remote areas and situations?
“We are everywhere.” Gifted leaders in countries with emerging movements espousing freedom and justice for sexual minorities need the encouragement of affirming, life-saving print and media resources that we in the First World take for granted. Our first privilege and responsibility is to listen, but the work of human liberation will escalate across the world when we share our “First World economic and information privilege” and empower others.
No single nation or culture can pretend to have a monopoly on the best insights, experiences and answers for advancing the liberation of sexual minorities. International networking can hasten the spread of solutions to oppression and AIDS to and from any corner of the globe.