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Know Your Neighbors: Infographic of Homophobia and Transphobia in the Global South

Homophobia and transphobia as they exist globally are not simply acts, laws, or statements. We at Soulforce have learned – throughout our partnership with Political Research Associates in our Know Your Neighbors project – that these oppressions much larger than that: they are interconnected systems that have a lot to do with other violent structures of oppression like patriarchy, wealth, white supremacy, and colonialism.

In light of the violent statements against LGBTQ Gambians made on Saturday by President Yahya Jammeh, we realize we must interrogate what religious fundamentalism and Western influence have to do with anti-LGBT violence in countries like the Gambia – a Muslim nation whose anti-homosexuality law, passed in 2014, mimics much of the language of Uganda's Christian fundamentalist anti-LGBTQ law. We want to break down what we know about our relationship in the U.S. to the homophobia and transphobia in the Global South, and we thought we'd do it visually.

We are calling on U.S. based LGBTQI folks to join us in our Know Your Neighbors project so we can work to stopping the global culture wars here at home. We develop education, mobilization, and action that directly engages the leaders of the Right who are creating bad policy and theology here at home and around the world. Join us in Know Your Neighbors so that we can intervene at home in solidarity with the lives of LGBTQI people all over!

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