In response to the article this weekend on page 5 of the Rapport about Ds Philip Olivier and his association with gay people at Triarc and subsequent dismissal as a result of it.
Homosexuality is not a choice, it is also not a phase, and is not a "mind set". It is not a disease that can be cured and it certainly isn't a demonic possession that can be exorcized. At least 1 in 10 people are born worldwide with an orientation for same sex relationships.
Growing up as a homosexual person is tough! Before you can expect your family and friends to accept you, you have to accept yourself first. Every teenager wants to be "normal", fit in and be popular but when you realize that you are not the same as most of your friends and your religion condemns you to hell the world can be a very lonely place indeed.
Homosexual people study, build careers, fall in love, start families, enjoy the company of friends and many are religious. By discriminating against them some churches are pushing away the very people that may need their moral and spiritual support the most.
Triarc cannot change history, but we can play a role in helping homosexual people in South Africa earn the respect that they deserve.
Philip Olivier had a dream of making a difference in people's lives through the church but his church wasn’t ready to accept him. We are looking forward to see him realize his dream in the next phase of his life.
If you have any comments for Phillip send an email to email@example.com and we will make sure he gets it.
Triarc is proud to be the very first LGBTI* Insurance Provider in Africa! We are developing and building insurance products with benefits specifically for the LGBTI community and yes, we are very straight friendly! If you want to know more please visit www.triarc.co.za.
*LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex).
TRIARC is an authorised financial services provider FSP45009. TRIARC insurance products underwritten by Guardrisk Life FSP76. Council of Medical Scheme
Number ORG 4040.