“The US government at large has a role to play in advocating for LGBTQI rights globally and in Africa. TFAM has chosen to focus on the CBC as they understand that the plight of people of African descent is inextricably linked.” Bishop Joseph Tolton
Washington, DC (PRWEB)
May 19, 2017
To commemorate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia (“IDAHOT”), The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (“TFAM”) urges the Congressional Black Caucus (“CBC”) to continue the work of the Obama Administration in advocating for the human rights of LGBTQI people of African descent. TFAM challenges the CBC to take on the Trump Administration, which lionizes autocrats and ignores the deterioration of democratic values around the world and build upon the movement started by President Obama and the State Department. Led by founder and presiding Bishop Yvette Flunder, a member of President Obama’s National Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS, TFAM is advocating with members of the CBC to propose actions that support the work that was stopped in January encouraging governments in East Africa to engage with LGBTQI communities.
TFAM’s Bishop Joseph W. Tolton, thanked Congresswoman Barbara Lee (picture attached) for presenting an IDAHOT resolution to commemorate the celebration and call to action. In this time of political turmoil, leaders in the CBC are uniquely positioned to be a strategic partner to Africa in both cultural and economic trade. TFAM and Bishop Tolton are strongly advising that the CBC use its resources and political power to challenge homophobia and transphobia in Africa by: 1) Establishing an LGBTQI caucus focused on the common concerns of LGBTQI people of African descent; 2) Host a congressional briefing on the rising tide of global xenophobia led by President Trump;…