Hirschfeld-Eddy-Stiftung Projekte Veranstaltungen Verband

Religious freedom can only be ensured if churches are safe spaces for LGBTIQ+ people

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We live in a world in which there is an unspoken assumption that human rights apply only to heterosexual people. This glaring gap in the protection of human rights also applies to the freedom of religion and belief. It means that the human rights of queer people – lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTIQ+) people ‒ are denied or restricted in the name of religion. It means that religion is instrumentalized for purposes of power, and that LGBTIQ+ people are systematically prevented from living their faith. How to change this situation was the focus of “We believe in change”, a project by the Hirschfeld Eddy Foundation. Here are the project’s main results, summarized in ten theses: