Text of a Speech Given by Rev Pressley Sutherland at the Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Gay Hate Crimes Awareness Demonstration and Commemorative Gathering Held On the Eve of the South African General Election, 21 April 2009, Green Market Square Methodist Church, Cape Town.
Today’s event is both political and sacred. In today’s politics, the human rights of women, lgbtqi people,and victims of hate crimes are too often portrayed as antithetical to our sacred traditions. This is a dangerous and false premise. All life is sacred, all people deserve just treatment. Today, I will be using inclusive images and pronouns for God, Creator, Mother Earth, Spirit, because that is the tradition in my faith community. I will also be using the collective pronouns, “We” and “us” and using a collective sense of the pronouns “I” and “me,” not to appropriate or erase the individuality of our experiences nor to imply that anyone of us listening needs to take anything onboard that does not resonate with our truth, rather I speak collectively in a sense of solidarity with each of you as a child of humanity, a queer, and one on the Way of Christ, but still learning.