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Book Launch: Intimate Conviction

You are invited to the launch of a book that addresses the role of the church (past, present and future) in the criminalization of consensual same-gender intimacy across the Commonwealth. This event is scheduled for Dec. 4.

Last year Anglicans for Decriminalization, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and our local and international partners held the “Intimate Conviction” conference in Jamaica.

This was the first-ever global event that discussed the role of the church (past, present and future) in the criminalization of private consensual same-gender intimacy. The event was live-streamed and there were presentations by international agencies and Christian leaders from all over the Commonwealth, including the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Archbishop of the West Indies and the Bishop of Buckingham.

An edited volume of some of the presentations is now ready and will be launched in London on 4 December. Attendance is free but booking is required.

Details here:  Intimate Conviction Book Launch.

School of Advanced Study
Room 349 Senate House-South Block
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

Date: Dec. 4
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Refreshments will be provided.

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Rod Gillis

Thanks for posting the information about the Intimate Conviction book launch. A year ago, The Prime Minister of Canada issued a public apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians for the way “Our laws bolstered and emboldened those who wanted to attack non-conforming sexual desire.” I’ve attached a link ( below) to the entire text of the apology. It is important to keep in view the complicity that Christian Churches played and continue to play in the negation of human rights. Like law, religious dogma may also embolden injustice and anti-social behaviour.

https://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2017/11/28/remarks-prime-minister-justin-trudeau-apologize-lgbtq2-canadians

Father Ron Smith
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Rod, you have something unique in Canada – a Prime Minister without inherited prejudice against the LGBT+ community. Justin Trudeau also acquits himself well in the company of other world leaders. An antidote to President Trump!

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Rod Gillis

Hi Ron,I posted the link to the Apology PM Trudeau offered offered in The Commons because it ties in directly with subject matter of Intimate Convictions. Mr. Maurice Tomlinson ( Intimate Conviction) has a Canadian connection. In tandem with the apology the government of Canada is also settling a $145 million class action launched by federal employees who were victims of Canada’s discriminatory laws and policies. Criminal convictions will be expunged. Additionally the government here has implemented a Canada Pride Citation (see link) . “The Canadian Pride Citation is an individual reconciliation and recognition measure that will be awarded to… Read more »

Father Ron Smith
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A great day for LGBT+ people in the Church.I Wish I could be at the launch. Sadly Aotearoa/NZ is 12,000 miles away, but still within the orbit of Inclusive Church. Keep up the good work!