Even in 2019, violence against LGBT+ people is happening around the world.
Often, the Western world is unaware of global anti-LGBT+ violence. However, last week, The New York Times printed a story about a small Southeast Asian country, Brunei, that will have a law go into effect tomorrow (April 3, 2019) legalizing the whipping and stoning of LGBT+ people.1
The Times’ article points out that “homosexuality is already illegal in Brunei, with a punishment of up to 10 years in prison, but the new laws allow for penalties including whipping and stoning.”
Understanding LGBT+ History
As we teach in our Posture Shift training, understanding LGBT+ history and current events is important, even in the West. These acts of violence not only affect those in Brunei, but also our loved ones locally who are watching how the world treats LGBT+ people.
Understanding LGBT+ history and current events allows us to better care for our LGBT+ loved ones who may feel unsafe.
Protecting against victimization of LGBT+ people is one Lead Them Home’s four missional goals. Doing so begins with understanding how LGBT+ people have been victimized throughout the centuries as a people group.
May our hearts be broken over victimization of people who are loved and cherished by God. Please be in prayer for LGBT+ people throughout the world who feel unsafe.
To learn more about violence toward LGBT+ people, view our document, A Brief History of LGBT+ Victimization.
1 Ramzy, A. (2019, March 28). Brunei to Punish Adultery and Gay Sex With Death. New York Times, pp. A11. Page(s). Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/28/world/asia/brunei-stoning-death.html.
2 Wright, R. & Field, A. (2019, April 2). Brunei’s LGBT community flees ‘inhumane’ new stoning laws. CNN, Retrieved from https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/02/asia/brunei-lgbt-inhumane-stoning-laws-intl/index.html.
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