The Applied Wisdom Institute is proud to partner with the Global Faith & Justice Project and Dr. Michael Adee to amplify faith voices that protect human dignity and achieve equality for LGBTQ people and their families around the world.

Creating Change 2019 | January 24, 2019 |Detroit, MI

The global export of homophobia, sexism and transphobia from the US religious and political right places LGBTQ people, their families and allies around the world in harm’s way. The historic and current waves of neo-colonialism, white supremacy and Christian exceptionalism result in challenges to human dignity and equal rights for LGBTQ people and their families, threats to women’s reproductive rights and health, and HIV-AIDS prevention and care. In the midst of this global crisis, international LGBTQ and ally activists are doing extraordinary resistance work; operating from their own agency and creative leadership; and demonstrating inspiring resilience.

At a time when the US pulls out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, removes protections for transgender students and fails to uphold human rights; while the religious right is emboldened, the work for US-based activists in international solidarity is even more important.

This interactive institute welcomes activists at all levels of knowledge, interest and experience in the international sector. We will learn about the hot spots around the world — Chechnya, Egypt, Indonesia, Tanzania, etc. and go beyond the headlines. We are grateful to have Freedom House, Detroit, offering an international panel and discussion in the afternoon.

We will explore the political, religious and social contexts of international solidarity work through: (1.) an overview of the global landscape for LGBTQ people and their families (2.) decoding anti-equality vocabulary (3.) a mapping exercise of the export of homophobia and transphobia (4.) models and methods of global solidarity work (5.) a panel of asylum seekers from Freedom House (6.) case studies of particular contexts (7.) exploring the meaning and strategies of principled international solidarity for US-based activists (8.) the building of intersectional, international alliances in LGBTQ and gender justice work

“So grateful to serve with Andrea, Yaz, Haven, and Mike as faculty for the international LGBTQ human rights institute at Creating Change 2019. Freedom House offered a panel of LGBTQ asylum seekers from Africa. We had a packed conference room of thoughtful, committed students, activists and leaders that inspire hope.” Dr. Michael Adee

Morning Session
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

A. Welcome, overview of the institute, guidelines for participation
B. Getting to know your neighbors for the day
C. Crisis & Resilience — the global landscape for LGBTQ people and their families
D. Language and decoding — neo-colonialism, white supremacy, Christian exceptionalism, gender ideology, pinkwashing, etc.
E. Mapping Exercise and opposition research — US Religious Right, export of homophobia and transphobia, gender ideology, threats to women’s health and reproductive rights, stigma and HIV-AIDS
F. Stories of hope

Lunch break
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Afternoon Session
1:30 pm to 6:00 pm

A. Welcome back and recap of the morning session
B. Global solidarity work and ethics — models and methods
C. Comprehensive sexuality education & global HIV-AIDS work
D. International panel with Freedom House, Detroit
E. Country-based case studies in small groups
F. Change Agents — what can I do? What can we do together?
G. Do’s and don’ts of international solidarity work
H. Closing

Conveners and presenters: Jessica Stern and Ashton Giese, OutRight Action International; Haven Herrin and Yaz Mendez Nunez, Soulforce; Heron Greenesmith, Political Research Associates; Mike Schuenemeyer, United Church of Christ; Joseph Tolton, Andrea Vassell and Ann Craig, The Fellowship Global; Ryan Thoreson, Human Rights Watch; Evelyn Schlatter, Southern Poverty Law Center; Gillian Kane and Jeanne Hefez, Ipas; Urooj Arshad, Advocates for Youth; Beirne Roose-Snyder and Zoe Bulls, Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE); Victoria Petitjean, Global Interfaith Network; Patti Ackerman, Ethics of Reciprocity Project; Addison Smith, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund; and Michael J. Adee, Global Faith & Justice Project.

Together we are building a world that is free and equal.
United Nations Free and Equal Campaign

To learn more about the work of the Global Faith & Justice Project in Africa, read this introductory article by Dr. Kapya Kaoma in the Journal of Theology for Southern Africa.