“LGBT people already have God’s full love and acceptance—they are his children too. But they need our acceptance, our love. And to the extent that legal discrimination, those old laws and statutes that make them inferior still exist, it is up to all to work to change those laws. I have no doubt that in the future, the laws that criminalise so many forms of human love and commitment will look the way the apartheid laws do to us now—so obviously wrong.
…I am so heartened in my 80th year by the young people I meet all over the world, who seem to already know this, and have moved so far from intolerance. They are our hope for a more accepting and loving world. And for the LGBT youth out there who are struggling, who are made to feel inferior, let me say this: God loves you as you are. He wants you to live and to thrive. …Never let anyone make you feel inferior for being who you are. When you live the life you were meant to live, in freedom and dignity, you put a smile on God’s face.” -Rev. Desmond Tutu, international social rights activist, retired Archbishop of Cape Town, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize
Since the abolishment of apartheid in South Africa, Tutu has focused his energies on fighting poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia around the world. For more on Desmond Tutu’s continuing work, visit the website for the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation or on follow it Twitter.