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Multifaith Statement Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

Multifaith Statement Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

15 June 2016

The incredible violence against innocent LGBTI community members in Orlando is deplored in the strongest possible terms.  There is no excuse for such appalling and evil actions, driven by hate and intolerance.

As faith leaders in the Victorian community, we recognise the sanctity of every human life.  Every community member is entitled to live their lives free of fear, bullying, intimidation or violence.

Everyone, of any sexual orientation or gender identity should be treated with respect and dignity.  The physical health, safety and mental health of all Victorian community members is of vital importance.  To this end, we call for all faith communities and community members to take a strong stand against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

Supported by:

AMAFHH Federation; Australian Asian Alliance; Australian Catholics for Equality; Australian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) Vic; B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC); Prof Gary Bouma, The UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia Pacific and Associate Priest, St John’s Anglican Parish, East Malvern; Brahma Kumaris; Buddhist Council of Victoria; Council of Christians and Jews; Dr Hass Dellal AO, Executive Director, Australian Multicultural Foundation; Mohammed Elleissy, Community Worker; Mohamed Elrafihi, Adviser to Minister for Finance & Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott; Sam Afra, Chair of the Ethnic Communities Council of the South East (ECCOSE) Inc; Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV); Solaimon Fahiz, Chief of Staff to Minister Robin Scott; Sheihk Riad Galil OAM, Senior Imam West Heidelberg Mosque; Gen2Gen; Benjamin Oh, Chair, GLBTIQ Interfaith & Intercultural Network (GIIN); Hindu Council of Australia; Hindu Foundation; Bishop Philip Huggins, Anglican Diocese of Melbourne; iEmpower; InterAction; The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne; Jewish Care Victoria; Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV); Kehilat Nitzan; Dr Michael Bernard Kelly, Catholic writer and activist, Monash University; Keshet Australia; LGBTI Latin and Hispanics in Victoria; Lutheran Church of Australia; Muslims for Progressive Values – Australia; Imam Nur Warsame and Marhaba; National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (Vic) (NCJWA); North Eastern Jewish Centre (NEJC); Online Hate Prevention Institute (OHPI); Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Founding Member on behalf of the Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council (AGMC); Progressive Judaism Victoria; Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV); Rainbow Catholic InterAgency for Ministry; Dr Gavi Ansara, Founding Coordinator, Rosh Pinah: An Affirming Orthodox Jewish Network; The Salvation Army; Sikh Interfaith Council; Socially Engaged Buddhists of Australia; Temple Beth Israel; Sharon Hollis, Moderator, Uniting Church of Australia Synod of Victoria and Tasmania; United Religions Initiative; Anthony Venn-Brown, CEO, Ambassadors and Bridge Builders International (ABBI); Victorian Council of Churches (VCC); Wesley Mission Victoria;

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