Original Sin: Religiosity, Same-Sex Desire & Institutionalized Homophobia
Seeking International LGBTQ2+ Access to Justice
Wednesday June 17, 2020 | Original Broadcast
The Thomson Reuters Institute is proud to announce the fifth installment in an eight-part thought leadership webinar series devoted to advancing international LGBTQ2+ access to justice.
Homosexuality and organized religion share a lengthy if often vexed history. From quiet disapproval to “sanctified” execution, varied and at times ambiguous cross-denominational attitudes toward same-sex desire underscore a profoundly rocky relationship for LGBTQ2+ constituents with religious inclinations or beliefs. Indeed, in an era where synergies between religious fundamentalism and homophobia coalesce with salacious headlines of sexual abuse and the Catholic Church, outbreaks of antisemitism, and anti-LGBTQ2+ violence in Africa and the Middle East, religion—or more precisely, religiosity as such—has come to occupy a special place in the eyes of a general public. This conversation takes an earnest look at the role of organized religion in informing public policy and social norms around the world.
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