Issues Concerning Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Bisexual and other Sexual Minorities in Uganda and Africa
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Sometimes some things just need to be said.
You would think an HIV prevention programme for gay men would not be stopped, dont you think?
Well, think again. Here is a government, in Botswana, Southern Africa, that is doing exactly that. Maybe beetroot and garlic will be back on form as a treatment for HIV. Here is the article.
And, though I may not be perfectly well informed, I think Botswana is one of those Southern African countries which have the highest HIV rates world over. Think of levels of over 20% of the adult population....
Guess those figures are not going to change soon, are they? Speak of thinking with ones head up ones ass. Why are we so generically stupid when something concerns homosexuality? I dont know, but, I will watch that with interest.
From reading the article, I think the paper reports what are facts. The reasons given by the Ministry of Health are so transparently stupid that i wonder why they bothered to have a face saving thing like this. Just take a leaf from Uganda. We are what we are. Period.
What is more interesting is that the fiery anger which used to inflame me when something like this occured has gone down. I accept that people hate, and will always hate me for what I am. Now, what to do is to make sure that I am not blinded by a reciprocal hate. But, I find a way to heal, on my own.
But then, it is war. What is the problem with collateral damage?
The mighty Christians at Exodus International have come up with a statement that touches on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of Bahati. Seems like a long time ago, they sent the President a letter. Now, an 'official' statement. Where is the bill, you would like to know? Somewhere in committee. Hanging around, hanging around.
Speaking of bills in the parliament of Uganda, this guy represents the view of quite a few irate Ugandans.
I am surprised that government ministers are busy tabling several bills which to me are not a priority. This sometimes makes me wonder whether they are not just redundant.
As the government is wrangling with foreign powers over gay issues, one minister has come up with a Bill aimed to have bars close by10. p.m. and another is expected to come up with Bill that aims at gagging media.
To me, tabling all these Bills is a diversionary tactic by the government. Uganda's number one problem is corruption, number two is still corruption and number three problem remains corruption.
I assure you Tema, [grin], you are not the first one to wonder at this Parliament's legislative agenda. Especially at this particular time. Orders from above? We might as well talk about the arson at Kasubi. But then, maybe they dont want us to talk about that also!
Kenya seems to have gone quiet. But, maybe not. LGBT asylum news has an update here. I must say that, my Kenyan friends, though decidedly more violent than Ugandans, seem to have actually intervened meaningfully. Why doesnt such a thing happen in Uganda? With religious leaders actually listening to what is being said by LGBT people? Simple, the government in Kenya is actually working with the gay people, not scapegoating them. In Uganda, if we try to talk to the religious leaders... those guys who would rather believe lies of us... Seen the post about Malawi? Wonder why the Christians who went to educate the Malaw Council of Churches were foreigners?
Want to hear what the Christians of Uganda think? Here is the the Minister of Ethics and Integrity. The very Christian Buturo. By the way, the Patience Rwabogo that is being talked about is one of the First Daughters. The President's daughter. Religion is tight here. In Uganda. Everyone seems to be into it. Except sinners like me who are also gay. Now, that complicates things.