What We Do
United Coalition of Affirming Africans
Build and strengthen integrated coalitions of professionals and grassroots LGBTI communities working on faith-inspired campaigns that influence pro-LGBTI culture change
East Africa Affirming Congregations
Congo Tomorrow: Pro-LGBTI Youth and Community Advocacy
East Africa LGBTI Media Advocacy
FORWARD TOGETHER in East Africa has championed media properties to transform public understanding about the existence and genuine “African” identity of queer people. Our media work is composed of: self-produced radio programs, press conferences, and sensitivity training for journalists.
In Kenya, FORWARD TOGETHER affiliated clergy host Thoughtful Thursdays, a radio segment featured on the morning show on Ghetto Radio, a station that dominates the youth audience. Affirming clergy discuss the issues of the day with full dignity for sexual minorities as a major theme.
In Rwanda, LGBTI and affirming civil society advocates fully produce a 60-minute radio program, Forward Together, which is a bi-monthly talk show on City Radio advocating for LGBTI inclusion.
FORWARD TOGETHER leaders in East Africa have set a new bar for courage, as they have persevered through hostile comments from listeners, and suspicion from media executives. Indeed, these leaders are the hope of an LGBTI inclusive Africa.
Pride Events – Rwanda National Pride
In 2017, Rwandan activists hosted their first national pride conference and celebration, Forward Together 2018. Forward Together is a now an annual celebration of the resilience, creativity, vision, and collaborations of the Rwandan LGBTI community.
Forward Together features:
Civil Society and Civic Leaders: LGBTI Sensitivity Training
Academics: LGBTI Research Projects
The question of homosexuality being “un-African” is a central matter to be addressed in addressing the nature and nuances of resistance to sexual fluidity and gender identity. We partner with seasoned academics to do primary research that is blended with findings from secondary research.
In Rwanda in 2018-19 the Academics we worked with provide training to LGBTI leaders who work as Research Assistants and actually implement the research surveys and qualitative sessions. This blend of qualitative and quantitative research captures an assessment of the general attitudes and social disposition of Rwandans about LGBTI existence within their society. Importantly the research will also mine for the multiple factors, which inform their perceptions.
Progressive Theological Education
Theological education in Africa has been dominated by conservative forces. Since 2010, TFAM Global has worked with more than one thousand clergy and LGBTI faith leaders to engage perspectives, which encourage thoughtful consideration of context in assessing the modern-day application of scriptures.
TFAM Global is working to create a certified institute for progressive theology in East Africa that changes the landscape of Christianity across the region and creates a pipeline for progressive thought leadership in Africa.