South African theologian and human rights activist, Desmond Tutu, died at the age of 90, after a long battle with prostate cancer.
The Fight Against Homophobia: A Worthy Moral Crusade
My dad is at rest. Thank you Tshezi for all you have been to our family and the world. Lala ngo xolo Desmond Mpilo Tutu.
— Naomi Tutu (@TutuNaomi) December 26, 2021
In 1994, in his foreword to the book Aliens in the Household of God: Homosexuality and Christian Faith in South Africa, he wrote, “If the church, after the victory over apartheid, is looking for a worthy moral crusade, then this is it: the fight against homophobia and heterosexism.”
In 2013, speaking at the launch of the United Nations’ Free and Equal Campaign, he said, “I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this. I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place. I am as passionate about this campaign as I ever was about apartheid.”
— UN Free & Equal (@free_equal) December 26, 2021
In 2015, when his daughter, Mpho Tutu van Furth, married a woman, he gave his blessing even when the church did not. Tutu van Furth, a clergywoman herself, had to give up her ordination.
Speaking on her parents’ reaction to the marriage, Tutu van Furth, stated, “They said they loved me and all they wanted was my happiness.”
‘Anti-Apartheid Hero and LGBT+ Rights Advocate’
LGBT+ Rights Ghana tweeted, “Rest In Peace Archbishop [Desmond Tutu]. Thank you for your unwavering support for human rights and principled stand against all forms of oppression. You have been an inspirational figure and will be sorely missed.”
RIP anti-apartheid hero & LGBT+ rights advocate Archbishop Desmond Tutu who has died aged 90. He stood for universal human rights & condemned homophobia as an evil analogous to racism. Bravo! An extraordinary human rights defender! https://t.co/WEKBBZ2R63
— Peter Tatchell (@PeterTatchell) December 26, 2021
Prominent UK Based LGBT campaigner, Peter Tatchell tweeted, “RIP anti-apartheid hero & LGBT+ rights advocate Archbishop Desmond Tutu who has died aged 90. He stood for universal human rights & condemned homophobia as an evil analogous to racism. Bravo! An extraordinary human rights defender!”
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
Thank you for your confronting and complex activism, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Rise in Glory. 💖 pic.twitter.com/AWL7ILTQPN
— Senthorun Raj (@senthorun) December 26, 2021
Legal academic, Dr Senthorun Raj, tweeted, “Thank you for your confronting and complex activism, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Rise in Glory.”