LGBTI community call for gay rights dialogue with Grace Bible Church

Gay rights activist Cameron Modisane says they want the church to stop perpetuating homophobia.

Members of the LGBTI community are picketing outside the Grace Bible Church. Picture: Twitter/@leloe_m.

JOHANNESBURG – Members of the #OccupyGraceBibleChurch say they want to discuss gay rights with the institution, claiming homophobic comments made in church could spark hate crimes in the townships.

Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community held a picket at the Soweto church during Sunday’s church service.

Their demonstration comes after a guest pastor said that homosexuality was unnatural during a recent sermon.

Gay rights activist Cameron Modisane says they want the church to stop perpetuating homophobia.

“The bishop who was here last week compared us with dogs, lizards and impalas which we’re totally against it. These are our bodies, we’re human and we deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. And also we’d like to engage with the church in dialogue.”

Modisane says the gay community is tired of being compared to sinners and adulterers.

“You can’t walk by as a gay man or a lesbian in the township without someone passing swear words at you or being raped or killed. We are scared for our lives and it all starts in the church.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)