A tribute to Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu!
As same gender loving (SGL) men, my spouse, Aaron, and I are both impressed by the commitment and dedication of the late archbishop to the equality of all people. At a time when few – if any – contemporary African leaders even acknowledge our community’s existence, the bold and brave Anglican (Church of England) clergyman publicly and repeatedly espoused the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer + (GLBTQ+) people into his agenda and messages. A most definite historical and notable accomplishment for any contemporary African icon.
In all the world, at that time, relatively few world leaders publicly joined in his efforts for inclusion. GLBTQ+ people were not deemed worthy of anyone’s political career or of the call for equal rights.
When aparthied (the legally enforced separation of the races) officially ceased to exist and democracy went into effect in South Africa in the 1990’s, it became the only country on the African continent to constitutionally guarantee and recognize the existence and the human rights of GLBTQ+ populations. This remarkable distinction is primarily the result of the extraordinary leadership of the ecclesiastical Desmond Tutu.
In the English language, there are numerous words that begin with the letter “F.” Some are polite, some are profane, some are descriptive and others are derogatory. There are those words that are simple and need no explanation and then there are those words that are so complex that volumes are required to deliver the meaning. Archbishop Desmond Tutu is indeed truly fortunate. There are three words that commence with the letter “F” that offer to all of humanity an accurate summation of his ideals and his life: Fairness, Foresight, Forgiveness.
Thank you, Desmond Tutu, for your exemplary example! Outstanding job: a lesson well taught!
Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride
Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Monday, January 24, 2022, and the proposed topic is: “Fur-troversy!”