From Barcelona to Palermo, a month of vigils of pray for “overcoming homophobia, transphobia and any discrimination”
In the month of May, from Thursday 11 to Monday 28, a long journey of prayer vigils and torchlight processors “for overcoming homophobia, transphobia and any discrimination” will pass the baton, for the eleventh time, from Milan to Seville, from Palermo to Barcelona, passing through Alessandria, Lucca, Pescara and many other Italian and Spanish cities.
Evangelical communities and Catholic parishes will celebrate together with LGBT Christian groups several ecumenical vigils with a special mark on May 17 (International Day Against Omophobia & Transphobia-IDAHOT) united by the biblical verse “The truth will make you free” (John 8, 32) and from the invocation “For you love all things that exist, and detest none of the things that you have made, for you would not have made anything if you had hated it” (Wisdom 11,24-26).
Since 2007 the vigils are an ecumenical initiative of hope aimed to remember the victims of the violence of homophobia and transphobia: women and men despised, beaten, marginalized in our society and even in our churches, just because they are gay, lesbian, trans, just because they are born exactly according to God’s will.
The vigils for a world without omotransphobia are a tradition that has been renewed since 2007 when for the first time in Florence some homosexual believers decided to pray together following a tragic event: Matteo, an Italian teenager, had taken his own life because of the harassment of his classmates. Since then, in many cities in Italy and across the world, Christians of different origins gather together to pray, to remember the victims and to say stop to discrimination. will you make your voice heard? Help us to give voice to hope.
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