Elizabeth McCliment and Erica Kay-Webster will speak twice this month about the horrendous conditions being experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons in Tanzania. The first presentation will be at 7 PM on Monday, August 18, at the Brewster PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meeting at First Parish Church, 1969 Main Street, on Route 6A in Brewster. The second presentation will be at 7 PM on Tuesday, August 26, at the Falmouth PFLAG meeting at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 840 Sandwich Road in East Falmouth. Both presentations are open to the public.
Elizabeth McCliment is a professor of health science and a board member of the Foundation For International Justice, Inc. Erica Kay-Webster is the founding board chairman and CEO of the Foundation For International Justice and vice president of PFLAG of Cape Cod.
On Friday, August 15, Ms. McCliment will return from Tanzania where she volunteers for three weeks every year, working with the community and teaching about public health. During this year’s trip she had the opportunity to meet with LGBT activist James Wandera Ouma and several gay men in Dar Es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania. Ms. McCliment videotaped this interview and will show it during her presentation.
Ms. McCliment is a member of PFLAG of Cape Cod and has a transgender son.
Ms. Kay-Webster is the media spokesman for the LGBT Compassion Games and a community organizer for Compassion Games International, an offshoot of the UN Charter For Compassion, created by Karen Armstrong through the TED Prize. Every year teams from around the world create fun games in their communities that support compassionate action. In June Mr. Wandera Ouma led Team Titanium Tanzania in an annual bike ride to bring awareness to HIV/AIDS and the conditions LGBT Tanzanians are forced to live with. Shortly after that open, public activity in which the Rainbow flag had been displayed, one of the team members was physically attacked and brutally beaten. Some Good Samaritans intervened and saved the young man’s life.
The Foundation For International Justice, which was created as an international human rights advocacy organization, is spearheading Promise Place School, a year-round residential living and learning environment for homeless LGBT youth in Massachusetts.
All are welcome at the presentations; one does not have to be a PFLAG member to attend.