Desmond Tutu is so awesome, and he’s such a voice of moral authority that he’s pretty hard to argue with. Of course, some will, but they’re in way over their heads. He’s written an open letter in Essence speaking out against the worldwide persecution and bullying of LGBT people. Here’s the first couple of paragraphs, and then click over to read the rest:
Today I pray for people in Africa and throughout the world who long for freedom because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. It grieves me to be retiring at this crucial moment in history, so I write to you in this open letter, to invite you to pick up the work that remains to be done. More than 70 countries still imprison or execute gay and transgender people, and bullying and murders are all too common. This must change.
Each of you is called to respond to God’s urgency for love and life. So whether you are in South Africa, the United States or anywhere else, humanity needs to accept its own diversity as a gift from our Creator. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are part of our family of God.