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Government of Pakistan provides active support for sexual minorities

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 30 April 2011 by Michael Hampson

The government of Pakistan is providing active support to the transgender Hindu Hijra community by recognising their gender and by actively promoting their welfare through government employment.

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Gay men make better priests

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on 27 January 2011 by Michael Hampson

From Last Rites:

The great mystery of the twentieth-century liberal catholic era [in the Church of England] is not just that it was so gay-friendly – with gentle-spirited liberal catholics in charge, that was virtually inevitable – but that it was so heavily gay-populated as well.

On reflection it does make sense. For the life-long bachelor, the ordained ministry of the church used to offer a life with structure and purpose. It offered a network of collegiality, mutual support and even intimacy, in the parish and in the priesthood. According to the classic catholic model, the demands of the priestly role are in any case incompatible with marriage: priests are invited to be married to the church instead.

And as the opposite has so often been said, let us seriously consider the possibility that gay people actually make better priests: they have a more objective outsider’s perspective on mainstream society; free from the demands of childcare and a modern marriage they have more to give to the life of the church; they have generally had to think more seriously than most about some fundamental life choices; and they have usually experienced suffering and rejection before finding in their faith a sense of redemption – a valuable path for any priest to have walked.

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Breaking the monopoly of marriage: why the catholic celebration of celibacy is a positive, not a negative, for LGBT people

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 27 January 2011 by Michael Hampson

In most protestant churches, there is only one acceptable expression of sexuality, and only one acceptable lifestyle: marriage has the monopoly.

Anybody who is not married is regarded as having a lesser lifestyle, and one that must be defined in terms of marriage: not yet married, previously married, failed to marry.

Only the catholic church celebrates an alternative lifestyle that breaks this monopoly: positively chosen celibacy – the vocation of monks and nuns and priests – is celebrated not just as an alternative, but as superior.

This is sometimes seen as a negative for LGBT people – as anti-sex.

But it can be a huge positive, because it breaks the oppressive monopoly of marriage.

It is a positive celebration of an alternative lifestyle, a positive celebration of diversity.

From the book: The sexual minority which is the non-marrying, single-sex religious community is known in cultures throughout the world and throughout history. The importance of the western tradition’s celebration of this sexual minority should not be underestimated, as it breaks the moral monopoly of heterosexual marriage, and does so with absolute confidence. Read on >>