Tutu becomes 1000th face of LGBTI rights campaign

Archbishop Desmond Tutu in support of gay rights. Picture: Laverne Mehl
Archbishop Desmond Tutu in support of gay rights. Picture: Laverne Mehl

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has become the 1000th face of the Let’s Face It Campaign. 

The campaign began on Human Rights Day in March and has become a regular feature of the Cape Town street scene. It was organised by the Scalabrini Centre –a refugee outreach centre – to encourage support for the LGBTI community, particularly LGBTI refugees from countries such as Uganda and Nigeria where being gay is a crime. 

Neil Goodwin, human rights officer at the Scalabrini Centre, said: “The Archbishop kindly came out of retirement to lend his face to this campaign, and was the perfect candidate to take us across the finishing line. He has been a huge inspiration to many in the battle for open hearts and minds towards the LGBTI community, both here in South Africa and across the world.” 

In May, Tutu’s daughter, Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu-Van Furth, revealed that her licence to preach was being revoked because she married a woman. She decided to quit instead. 

Read: Tutu forced to quit over gay marriage 

Tutu admitted himself to a Cape Town hospital yesterday for treatment for a recurring infection, his family said in a statement. He was expected to remain in hospital for a week or two. 

Goodwin said the centre wished Tutu a speedy recovery. 

“And we thank him once again for being the 1000th face of our campaign. You are an inspiration to us all.”

Pictures by Mandy Rigwood 

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