This week read about churches in Africa opposing LGBT rights, and Laurel Hubbard named sportswoman of the year in New Zealand.

Churches Across Africa Join Opposing LGBT Rights

Leaders of major churches in Ghana, which is home to a varied range of religions, have joined in condemning homosexuality as a "perversion" and adopting legislation that, if passed, would impose among of Africa's toughest anti-LGBT measures.

In Nigeria, the umbrella group for Christian churches portrays same-sex partnerships as a sin worthy of the harsh jail penalties imposed by current legislation.

According to AP News, bishops affiliated with the worldwide United Methodist Church are ready to join an in-the-works breakaway organization in order to maintain their practice of refusing to recognize same-sex marriage or appoint LGBT clergy in many African nations.

“The mainstream churches — all of them — actually are totally against it,” said Caroline Omolo, associate pastor at the Cosmopolitan Affirming Community in Nairobi, Kenya. It is a rare example of a church in Africa serving a predominantly LGBT congregation.



Laurel Hubbard Named Sportswoman Of The Year


 Photo via University of Otago website.

The University of Otago has selected New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard to be sportswoman of the year.

At the Blues awards on Tuesday, she received this honor from the university in Dunedin, New Zealand's South Island.

She is the first transgender person to win the award in its 113-year history of honoring sports excellence.

According to DailyMail, when she qualified for the women's 87+ kg weightlifting category at the Tokyo Olympic Games earlier this year, Hubbard, 43, made history as the first openly transgender woman to compete in a single sport at the Olympics.

“I see the Olympic Games as a global celebration of our hopes, ideals and values and I would like to thank the IOC for its commitment to making sport inclusive and accessible,” Hubbard said.