|| STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY ON RELIGIOUS
INTOLERANCE AND SEXUAL DIVERSITY
From the organizers and speakers of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commissions conference (3 July, 2000): Separation of Faith and Hate: Sexual Diversity, Religious Intolerance and Strategies for Change, at Rome World Pride 2000
We, people of diverse sexuality and spiritual, religious and secular communities, come together from around the world. We issue a call for solidarity to end religiously motivated and perpetuated intolerance based on sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status.
We recognize the complexity of sexuality and reaffirm that sexuality is an intrinsic part of our lives as human beings.
We call attention to how religious intolerance directed at those who do not conform to dominant norms of sexual expression results not only in their exclusion, but also in human rights violations. We recognize the interdependence of all lives and believe that an affront to the dignity and integrity of one is an affront to all human beings.
The purpose of this statement is to facilitate dialogue and provide for better understanding both within and among religious and secular bodies. We seek to articulate this common ground using human rights principles.
We seek to promote respect for the natural gift of human diversity, including sexual identities and gender expression.
This statement of solidarity is intended for use within a framework that recognizes other forms of oppression such as racism, classism and sexism.
National Catholic Reporter, Posted July 6, 2000