This week read about LGBT people in Africa mourning the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and a museum in Germany presenting Jesus Christ as transgender.
LGBT Community Mourns Desmond Tutu
The late Archbishop Desmond Tutu was known for his opposition to apartheid, but his fight against injustice also included staunch support for LGBT rights. LGBT people are both grateful and saddened by the death of the man who gave them a voice.
According to RFI, Tutu considered his support for LGBT rights as part of a lifetime battle against prejudice.
"I oppose such injustice with the same passion that I opposed apartheid,” Tutu said in 2013 at the launch of a UN campaign against LGBT discrimination.
He concluded with his most famous comment on inclusion: "I would not worship a God who is homophobic [...] I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say, 'Sorry, I would much rather go to the other place.’"
Germany Bible Museum Presents Jesus As Trans
Photo via Bibelhaus.
A Bible museum in Germany featured an exhibit stating that LGBT themes may be found in biblical studies, as well as a play depicting Jesus Christ as a trans woman.
According to Fox News, the exhibit, "G*tt w/m/d," encourages visitors to "take a look at the diversity of gender identities from biblical and modern times and find a divine answer that fits all questions: You are good as you are."
The Bibelhaus also sponsored the play "The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven," written by English transgender playwright Jo Clifford.
"I had been brought up as a Christian and taught that when you’re unsure of what to do, you should try to think, ‘What would Jesus do?’ I thought, ‘Well, what would Jesus do if Jesus came back to earth now and was me, a trans woman? What would she do and what would she say?’ That was the origin of the play," Clifford said.