As LBQ Ethiopians, we often sit on the sidelines and watch religious institutions – and oftentimes people of faith – weaponize faith against us. We are constantly taught that homosexuality is a Western import and our religious leaders may spend – depending on our place of faith – an inordinate amount of time preaching about the evil consequences of being a “homosexual”.
It is, therefore, no wonder that as queer people in Ethiopia, one of the biggest blocks to self-acceptance is the struggle to reconcile our faith with our sexuality.
In an effort to give voice to this important struggle, Ethioqueer Podcast hosted a conversation with LBQ individuals who come from different religions. It was a truly fascinating conversation that not only spoke to the strength of these individuals but really underscored the possibilities that are available to us when we aspire to dig deep. The conversation was also a reminder that no two journeys are the same but that with tenacity, constant reflection and support we have the strength to keep searching.
Can we reconcile our faith and sexuality and learn to accept ourselves for who we are as LBQ Ethiopians? Their answers will surprise you and their conversation will make you laugh while giving you hope.
"Queer family" is an alternative space created by a group of queer Ethiopian women. It is designed to be a space for a diverse group of Ethiopian queer women whose sexual and gender identifications vary. It includes cis and trans women who may be lesbian, bisexual or asexual. This is a space where the experiences of queer people takes center stage. We hope to include personal experiences from our daily lives as queer people, various stories, interviews, original artwork and poetry. We hope it will also serve as a place where Ethiopians in Ethiopia and Ethiopians in the diaspora come as themselves to explore and create an online community.
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«ኩዊር ኢትዮጵያ» የተለያዩ ፆታዊና ወሲባዊ ዝንባሌ ላላቸው ኢትዮጵያዊ ኩዊር ሴቶች እንዲሆን ታስቦ በኩዊር ሴቶች የተመሠረተ አማራጭ ምኅዳር ነው። ይኽውም ሌዝቢያን፣ ባይሴክሽዋል ወይም ኤሴክሽዋል የሆኑ ሴቶችንንና ትራንስ ሴቶችን ያካትታል። ይህ ምኅዳር የኩዊር ማኅበረሰብ ታሪክ እና የሕይወት ልምድ ትልቅ ሥፍራ የሚይዝበት ነው። እንደ’ኩዊር ማኅበረሰብ የዕለት ተዕለት ሕይወታችንን ገጠመኞች፤ የተለያዩ ሰዎችን የግል ታሪኮች፤ ቃለ-
መጠይቆች እንዲሁም ሥነ-ጥበባትን እንደምናካትት ተስፋ እናደርጋለን። ከነዚህ በተጨማሪም በኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ እና በዳያስፖራ ለሚገኙ ኢትዮጵያውያን ቤተሰቦች ራሳቸውን ሆነው
የሚመጡበት የበይነ-መረብ ማኅበረሰብ መድረክ ሆኖ እንዲያገለግል ማስቻል ፍላጎታችን ብቻ ሣይሆን ጥረታችንም ጭምር ነው።
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