Jewish Group Creates Ugandan Fund

January 8, 2010

by Neal Broverman | The Advocate

The American Jewish World Service, an international development and human rights organization, announced Friday that it has established the Urgent LGBT Uganda Fund to support gay and lesbian grassroots groups in the African nation.

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Uganda Lawmaker Refuses to Withdraw Anti-Gay Bill

January 8, 2010

from the Associated Press

A Ugandan lawmaker on Friday refused to withdraw proposed legislation that would impose the death penalty for some gays and lesbians despite international condemnation and presidential opposition to a measure that could scare off foreign investors.

Lawmaker David Bahati said he will not heed a call late Thursday from the government to drop the proposed bill, as he feels such a measure is necessary in the conservative East African country.

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Uganda’s Bill to Imprison Gays for Life is an Outrage That Should Be Rejected

January 7, 2010

Washington Post editorial

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 is an ugly and ignorant piece of legislation being considered in Uganda. If it is approved, the gay people of that nation would be subject to life in prison. This retreat from the death sentence originally proposed should neither be celebrated nor considered a concession by the government in response to pressure from the United States and other nations. The proposal is barbaric. That it is even being considered puts Uganda beyond the pale of civilized nations.

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Uganda Anti-Gay Legislation Should Be Condemned

January 5, 2010

San Jose Mercury News editorial

The appalling fact that Uganda is still considering legislation that would impose a death penalty on homosexuals illuminates the anti-gay atrocities occurring every day throughout East Africa.

The U.S. evangelical movement, which helped trigger the anti-gay movement in Africa, should universally condemn the proposed Uganda law. President Barack Obama has already made clear his opposition, but he should go further: The United States government, which in October pledged to give Uganda $246 million to help revive the ravaged nation, should make it clear that any future aid is contingent on the African nation renouncing this outrageous violation of human rights.

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Hate Begets Hate

January 5, 2010

New York Times editorial

Uganda’s government, which has a shameful record of discrimination against gay men and lesbians, is now considering legislation that would impose the death sentence for homosexual behavior. The United States and others need to make clear to the Ugandan government that such barbarism is intolerable and will make it an international pariah.

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Americans’ Role Seen in Uganda Anti-Gay Push

January 4, 2010

by By Jeffrey Gettleman | New York Times

Last March, three American evangelical Christians, whose teachings about “curing” homosexuals have been widely discredited in the United States, arrived here in Uganda’s capital to give a series of talks.

The theme of the event, according to Stephen Langa, its Ugandan organizer, was “the gay agenda — that whole hidden and dark agenda” — and the threat homosexuals posed to Bible-based values and the traditional African family.

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Gay in Uganda, and Feeling Hunted

January 4, 2010

By Jeffrey Gettleman | New York Times

Isolation, insults, threats and violence: this is what Uganda’s mostly closeted gay community has dealt with for years.

But now that Ugandan politicians are threatening to pass a new anti-homosexuality bill that would sentence some homosexuals (serial offenders, those who are H.I.V. positive and others) to life in prison or even death, many gay men and lesbians said they felt hunted.

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Archbishop of York Attacks Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill

December 28, 2009

by Raphael G. Satter | Associated Press

A top Anglican cleric who was born in Uganda spoke out Thursday against a proposed law in his native country that would impose the death penalty on some gays.

Archbishop of York John Sentamu – who along with the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is one of the global fellowship’s most senior priests – condemned the anti-gay law now being considered by the East African nation’s parliament.

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Minneapolis City Council Passes Resolution Opposing Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda

December 18, 2009

The city of Minneapolis, Minn., a sister city of Kampala, Uganda, passed a resolution on Friday, Dec. 18 condemning Uganda’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Councilmembers Scott Benson and Cam Gordon co-authored the resolution in light of the negative impact the law would have on all citizens of Kampala, pointing out that the bill “targets lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Ugandans, their advocates and defenders and anyone who fails to report them to the authorities.”

The resolution amended the Policy Initiatives section of the Fiscal Year 2010 Federal Agenda for the City of Minneapolis to insert a section entitled “Human Rights Restrictions in Uganda.” Noting that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill “[w]ould criminalize such activities as funding LGBT organizations, publishing or broadcasting or marketing materials on homosexuality,” the Resolution affirms that, “[t]he City of Minneapolis opposes this legislation.”

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Ugandan Parliament to Debate “Kill Gays” Bill Dec. 18

December 17, 2009

by Jim Burroway | Box Turtle Bulletin

The Times of London reports that the Ugandan Parliament will debate the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill tomorrow, Dec 18. If I understand Uganda’s Parliamentary procedures correctly, I believe this would constitute a second reading and debate. A vote comes after the third reading. If it passes (and it is expected to pass with a near-unanimous vote), it then goes to President Yoweri Museveni to be signed into law.

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