Issues Concerning Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Bisexual and other Sexual Minorities in Uganda and Africa
Monday, March 1, 2010
The Big Story
Certainly for me, this will be the big story of Monday
Church petitions against anti-gay bill
WHEN: Monday 1 March, 11am
WHERE: National Theatre, KampalaWHAT: Press conference with church leaders, human rights activists and prominent AIDS service providers following a meeting with the Speaker of Parliament to petition against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill
Church leaders, human rights activists and AIDS service providers will meet with the Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, Rt. Hon. Edward Ssekandi Kiwanuka in Kampala on Monday to petition against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that would imprison and execute gay Ugandans and impose fines and jail sentences on family members and confidents.
Canon Gideon Byamugisha, an ordained priest who is part of the delegation says: "This bill is not about preserving Ugandan culture and traditions. On the contrary it is violating our cultures, traditions and religious values that teach against intolerance, injustice, hatred and violence."
"We need laws to protect people, not ones that will humiliate, ridicule, persecute and kill them. In the interests of safer, healthier, more peaceful, and more productive lives for all Ugandans, we are requesting that the bill be withdrawn."
The delegation will deliver a letter addressed to Parliamentarians from concerned Ugandans. They will also deliver a solidarity petition signed by nearly half a million people from every country in the world.
I think what will be most interesting is who is exactly at that march. Keep your eyes pealed.