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ILGA Panel at the 61st UNCHR
On the difficult relationship between homosexuality and religion
When Brazil introduced its resolution on sexual orientation and human rights, the Vatican and the Organisation of Islamic conferences strongly opposed it; as if the mere recognition of homosexuality would be an offence to “religion.” In this era of rising religious fundamentalism, it is important to remember that alternative views do exist within supposedly “uniform” religious communities. This panel was created to be a forum for the sharing of views and for reflecting on the often-difficult relationship between homosexuality and religion.

Monday 11 April 2005 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm, Palais des Nations, 61st United Nations Commission on Human Rights, Geneva.

A panel organised by the International Lesbian and Gay Association. In collaboration with

International Service for Human rights, Helem, FIDH (International Federation of Human Rights Leagues), IGLHRC (International Gay and Lesbian Human Rigths Commission) and Rights Australia.

With the financial support of the Swedish and the German Foreign Offices.

Kursad Kahramanoglu, ILGA Co-Secretary General, Turkey

Speakers (click on their names to read the speeches)
Il est sur que certains discours des églises ne permettent pas à certain-es homosexuel-les d’avoir une image positive, une estime de soi au regard de soi-même, de la société, et sous le regard de Dieu.
Véronique Soulié, David & Jonathan, France
Ghassan Makarem, Helem, Lebanon
Joël Behmoras, World Congress of LGBT jews, France
Dede Oetomo, Gaya Nusantara, Indonesia