The death of David Cairns is a huge loss to us. Mr. Cairns pledged his personal support for JfGA and promised to be there and go the extra miles with us. He was a wonderful supporter of equality and an avid believer in kindness, peace and freedom. JfGA has lost a staunch pillar.
Earlier last year, it was David who took the bull by the horns and delivered a moving speech in UK Parliament on violence, criminalization, and attack of LGBT people in African and Caribbean countries. David’s speech was not only informative, it inspired so many MPs to pledge to support for the fight for freedom and moved a lot of them to support and sign the Early Day Motion in regard to the current Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill that is making a come back at this moment.
David will be remembered fondly for all his dedication and passion. But far more, for the fact that he cannot be replaced by any other; we will miss him dearly.
We remember his family, partner and all loved ones and pray for them the fortitude to bear such a great loss.
There is fire on the mountain. Uganda is hell-bent on passing the devilish Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law. And that is happening as I write this; in fact, the next you may hear is that gay & lesbian people in Uganda are being sent to jail (if not to the gallows) using that Bill-turned-into-law.
This must stop! And there is no time to wait let alone waste. The Bill was discussed today in Ugandan parliament and there is a rush to pass it into law before that parliament goes on break by end of this week. Please, dont hesitate; sign here now!
Nqobile Khumalo from Kwamashu township in Durban went missing on Tuesday 03 May 2011.
When her family could not trace her they started contacting her friend and her partner about her whereabouts. On the following day the family reported her missing and they searched for her in mortuaries and hospitals.
On Friday 08 May 2011 her ex boyfriend who had been persisting her to get back together with him was identified as The last person to be seen following her on the 03rd of May.
After the suspect was interrogated by police he confessed on killing her and he showed the police where he had buried her.
He also confessed that he killed her because he could not accept that she was in love with another woman and chose her over him.
Nqobile was raped, severely beaten, and chocked to death. The body was covered in bruises and her eyes had popped out of the sockets. She had been killed on Tuesday and was buried in a shallow grave few meters away from her family home.
The suspect is in police custody and she will be buried in her parent’s home in Kwamashu Durban on Thursday 14th.
Thobeka B Khoza From LEXIT Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender women EXIT Organisation
In an unexpected but dramatic turn of events yesterday at St Marylebone Parish Church London, the Coordinator of Justice for Gay Africans Society [JfGA], Mr. Godwyns Onwuchekwa, confronted the newly consecrated Archbishop of the Anglican Church in Nigeria on issues relating to Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender [LGBT].
“Let me say this; the Anglican Church in Nigeria, emphatically does not accept gay people. Our bible is against it, the word of God is against it. Gay or lesbianism or whatever… it is like saying we condone drug users. What we offer them is repentance and deliverance from that evil spirit. Do not come here to tell me about grace; what grace? We will never accept it”, the Archbishop furiously replied.
The Archbishop, the Most Revd N.D. Okoh succeeded the former well known homophobic Akinola. Mr. Okoh was on a pastoral visit to Nigerians of the Anglican faith in the UK and held an interactive open meeting at St Marylebone Parish Church London.
In his question, Godwyns who was brought up a Christian of the Anglican faith quoted the controversial Leviticus 18:22 which condemns homosexual sex, but also compared it to the subsequent verses in the same line of laws in Leviticus 21:17 which outlaws priests with physical disabilities. He then asked how the Archbishop how he will turn a new page for the church in Nigeria to desist from influencing state-sponsored homophobia.
“While Mr. Okoh did not come across as hateful as his predecessor, the hint of homophobia in him was evidently clear. However, unlike his predecessor, his tolerance to take the question and respond to it indicates a ray of light if there be onward peaceful dialogue and this is what we hope to continue to seek. We will continue to engage and hope that people in the black communities would embrace such dialogue towards understanding and respecting the natural rights of LGBT people amongst them”, says Godwyns Onwuchekwa
The audience of about 100 people, mainly of Nigerian origin were divided on the issue. At the end of the Archbishop’s adamant response, a few of them clapped to it. The meeting ended without any physical quarrel and the Archbishop went to the back seats to meet Godwyns and hugged him.
Is this a new beginning or a dead end?
The Archbishop of Nigeria is the spiritual head of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, an independent church in communion with the world Anglican Church. The Church of Nigeria has encouraged a break-away church opposing the world Anglican accepting or ordaining gay people since the consecration of Gene Robinson in the USA in 2003.