All of the team at Mildmay Mission Hospital congratulates Reverend Jide Macaulay on his recent invitation to join the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights*.
Reverend Macaulay, a British-Nigerian, African Queer Theologian, Author, Gay Rights Activist, and Founder of the House of Rainbow, was a volunteer chaplain at Mildmay until 2022 before moving on to new pastures, with his next posting at St Peters House, the University of Manchester's Chaplaincy.
A Personal Expression of Gratitude: Reverend Jide Macaulay's Acceptance of the UNAIDS Reference Group Invitation
"It is with profound gratitude and a deep sense of purpose that I accept the invitation to join the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights. This opportunity is more than an invitation; it is an affirmation of the collective commitment to combat stigma, shame, denial, and discrimination, with a particular focus on the rights and dignity of LGBTQ+ individuals living with HIV.
My journey as a spiritual leader and advocate has been guided by a fundamental belief in the sanctity of every human life, irrespective of their background, identity, or health status. I am deeply honoured to align my spiritual convictions with the mission of UNAIDS and the Reference Group in our shared endeavour to confront the complex challenges surrounding HIV-related discrimination.
A core objective is to advocate for the decriminalisation of homosexuality. I firmly believe that legal barriers have perpetuated discrimination and violence against LGBTQ+ individuals. By advocating, we strive to dismantle the systemic injustices that have persisted for far too long.
In pursuit of decolonisation, we recognise that historical injustices and systemic inequalities continue to hinder progress in the fight against HIV. By addressing these historical burdens, we aim to create a more equitable future where every individual's rights are respected.
We aim to end the religious persecution of individuals living with HIV. This objective is fundamental, and I am eager to engage in constructive dialogue that fosters understanding and respect within religious institutions, creating an environment of inclusivity and tolerance.
I am humbled and inspired by this opportunity, and I am ready to embark on this journey alongside UNAIDS and the Reference Group. Together, we can make a significant impact on the lives of those affected by HIV and work tirelessly toward a world that embodies the principles of compassion, justice, and acceptance.
Reverend Jide Macaulay"
* The Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights was established in 2002 to advise UNAIDS on all matters relating to HIV and human rights. The Reference Group speaks with an independent voice. Thus, its views do not necessarily reflect the views of the UNAIDS Secretariat or any of the UNAIDS Cosponsors. The UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights advises UNAIDS on how it can strengthen the capacity of governments, civil society and the private sector to protect and promote human rights in relation to HIV and how it can best operationalise human rights and GIPA (Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV) principles in UNAIDS’ policies and technical support.