Thursday, October 15, 2009

What can we do?

You know, it is kind of funny. We have foreseen this bill for ages. I mean, Nsaba Buturo has been trumpenting it for years. He wanted to arrest us when we first had a press conference. He wondered how come we had been able to have this press conference. He was told that, as Ugandans, we had broken no law, holding a press conference.

Then, the government had the will, (it is politically a good thing, with elections coming in two years), but, it is not popular outside country, with the west, with whom we are friends! Much as we would like to be, we are not an island. That is why this bill is supposed to reject any international agreements that don’t go along with it.

My lover is distraught. He is depressed, and asking me for contingency plans to get out of the country. He wants a Plan B. He is unhappy, and disappointed. But am damned if am going to do that. This is my country. As much as it is Nsaba Buturo’s or Ssempa’s.

So, contingency plans when we are caught, or arrested, or the police is closing in? Of course…

And what happens when one is arrested? Be like Brian, and die at 20?

Not many major options. But, we can do something.

For me in Uganda, as a gay man, I can continue writing this blog. Soon, the Honourable Minister will seek to get my id from Google. And maybe he will get it. But then, I hope my friends put pressure on Google not to cave in on that.

And, though it is a matter of fact that we can do very little in Uganda, we can still do something. Oh yes, not run out of the country, though that may have to happen. But, even when we are in the country. We are front line soldiers. Literally. Of course we do have some huge weaknesses. But we can still fight, and not roll over and be stepped on. Oh well, the courage of one who has no other option... Is that courage?

We don’t want this bill to become law. Unfortunately, it will most likely become law… Uganda’s parliament is a rubber stamp for govt. And, this bill has the support of the government, though, pressure from donors and international community forced the government to use a ‘Private Member Bill’ knowing that the popular homophobia in the country will ensure its passage.

So, what can we do?

  • We can educate our friends. All other kuchus; about the law, the fact that we don’t have to fall foul of it, and how to help those who do. And how to fight it. There is too much ‘ignorance’

  • We can educate people who are allies, who can be our allies.

  • We can highlight, document those of us who fall prey to these laws. Ours are the martyrs stories. I hate the ‘illogic’ of martyrdom. But, I am willing to use it, as long as am not the martyr. Just have little to fall back on.

And what can our friends do?

It is funny, we seem so helpless, but we are not. No country is an island.
So, the major drivers of this ridiculous bill are people with standing. The government, the church and other leaders. They are all ridiculously susceptible to outside views.
So, what can we do? What can our friends do?

  • The bloggers who have refused to be friends of mine… Why don’t you shout for me, Princess, Comrade 27… Iwaya, and the others who read this blog surreptitiously? Why? Come on, do you also think that I am so bad that I deserve death for making love with my lover? And you other ‘bloglorren’? Yeah, I know I have steered clear of you. But so what? Am relatively free here, and I have been talking ad nauseaum about my sexuality… So, why don’t you take up my cause for me…! Tall order, ha ha ha.

  • Any other Ugandans, who happen to read this, do you really think that I am so bad that I should be killed for making love to my lover? Isnt that a mite over the top, even for Ugandans?

  • If you are a Christian, do you in truth agree to the death sentence that fellow Christian Dr James Nsaba Buturo? OK. it is a matter of fact that this bill is being driven by the fervour of Christians, and in the name of God and country. And, the Pentecostals and Anglicans in Uganda are the prime drivers.
    So, engage other Christians, about this, less than Christian behaviour! (Or else I will bash you, and them…!)

    If you are outside the country, why, that is very good. Your congregation can be made aware of all the good things that some Christians in Uganda wish some sinners called gay Ugandans. I am sure your outrage will help. A letter, a protest match, questions to leaders of Uganda, religious and otherwise traveling outside the country. This is a moral question, how can they justify killing me because I am gay, living in a gay relationship with another gay man?

  • Ok, what of gay people in other countries. You are our friends. Yes, we dare to ask our gay brothers and sisters for help, especially when our countrymates believe we should be patriotic enough to ‘die’ in the name of their moral uprightness, for god and country.
    Tell your local gay group about it.
    Organise protests, big and small. Educate any who doesnt know about it.
    Write letters of protest. Be courteous, (the framer of the bill says that we homosexuals want to kill him. He says we have already written him ‘threatening’ letters.)
    Who should you write to? Why, the Members of Parliament of Uganda… the Speaker, the President, the Attorney General. Express your concern. Why not? You are a private citizen of another country outraged at a law that seems to be too much. And why the hell punish people for loving each other? In my view, with the bill out, this is already a public thing. So, well, let them know your concerns.

  • But, you also have political representatives. Those who represent you…, not me. They most likely don’t know what is happening in Uganda the backwater. And they will remember when your leaders ask them what the hell is happening. I bet you even a Republican member of the US Congress would be setback by the anti-human  views of his conservative friends in Uganda. Help us tell them, inform them. You do have clout. Yes, you do. Use it.

  • Do you work in an HIV prevention or treatment organization? This bill targets gay men. And, can you imagine the stigmatization of a person who is HIV positive and has gay sex in Uganda, and automatically this guy is supposed to face the death penalty? What does your organization think about that? What do you think about it? How can you help to raise awareness that this is happening in Uganda… the presumed pride of Africa in HIV prevention? Yes, I am inviting you to tarnish the country’s image. It is in a good cause, I want to be alive!!!! Don’t want any legalized, judicial murder of me just because I am different.
Ok, that is my thinnking. Course, it is flawed. Who ever claims to be perfect?!



Unknown said...

Is there any way to present the argument that morality cannot be legislated and that homosexuality itself may not be illegal but the act of buggery which may be also practised at some level in str8 unions?

.....So that the legislation only can become effective on acts that can be proven so via a doctor's report and court proceedings. I am not a lawyer but just thinking outside the box.
Please give me/us more background as to the jurisprudence if you can on issues of this nature and stats if possible.


Quike said...

Hi, I know that it could sounds ridiculous specially when I am here, more than 30.000 km of distance but I AM WITH YOU!

I read all of your what can we do, but exist some web page or email for send protest letters? What is the official web of your congress?

We can do more! We hope that our efforts are sufficient. By now I promise you post in spanish about this medival and criminal law.

A hug for you and your lover.

Leonard said...

I hate that the Anglican Church and our feckless Archbishop of Canterbury who ignores this dangerous outrage (as well as many others even after BLOOD FLOWS)...Dr. Rowan Williams has proven himself to be a coward when speaking out against injustice and the blatant lies and dishonorable behavior promoted by Archbishop Henri Orombi and his accomplices in Uganda...I think there is little solice to be found in the suck-em-up followers in Orombi´s crowd who have whipped up their murderous purge of LGBT people in your culture. Interesting that Orombi´s, several year old now, message of ¨hate and infiltrate¨ is NOT going down well in the United States...his ¨takeover¨ ambitions at the Episcopal Church/Anglican Communion (amazingly achieved by sturring up white/Republicans, pew sitting bigots against LGBT Episcopalians) is losing GROUND...already Orombi and his agents of fear/hate-mongering at CHURCH have been removed from takeover parishes they once ¨poached on¨ and called their own...Orombi has always been the most sneaky of the ¨takeover thieves¨ from abroad...Akinola of Nigeria likes to make a bigger fuss when passionately proclaiming his, his alone, religious majesty but Orombi is like a plague that attaches itself to a spiritually wholesome body and sucks all the HEALTHY energy out...the man deals with fear and hate and prejudice and demonizing and marginalizing and is NOT TO BE TRUSTED under any circumstances (Presiding Bishop Venables of South America has no following as isn´t as smart by half as Orombi)...of course, you know all of this already but perhaps you don´t know that his taboodriven bigshotism and grandstanding isn´t going down well in the U.S., not today, not tomorrow (young people hate anti-gay jibberish)..the ground swell for the ¨purification/inquistion¨ at churches by removing sinners by ROBED LUNATICS never works and Orombi´s wild egodriven selfrighteousness is making him fall on his face, he´s losing face´s taken the courts, The California Supreme Court tossed him out and the U.S. Supreme Court won´t here his whining anti-gay, anti-human appeal. The man is way over his big head yet harmful to those of you on the ground in heart and prayers are for you during this time of faux religious insanity.

Still, we can only try to keep our readers abreast of the deadly witch hunt in Uganda...and lunatic antics/circus of Minister Nsaba Buturo bringing the lowest of the low ex-gay fakers in front of the Parliment, well, unfortunately it looks like his audience isn´t even close to being open to fact and truth...that´s a serious problem and yes, you must be prepared to take measures that will not allow queerhaters, and faux religious people, to endanger you or those you love.

Lord have mercy

Anonymous said...

I am Peter in Basel, Switzerland, guiding my gaybookstore since 1977. Occasionally i was falling on your blog. Still reading regularly your texts in hope of a good future! Hugs.

AfroGay said...

Please pray that Michael Jackson doesn't die all over again and knock this story off the front pages. It needs to be told far and wide so that everyone knows about the Nazi law that Uganda's Parliament is debating.

Kaybie said...

Oh lord Gug,I am not even a practising Christian but I will be praying to God, Allah, Buddah, Krishna, Yemoya and all their counterparts that this law does not pass.

I will also be writing to my newspaper in the hopes that my small voice will make some impact. I am also hoping a few women's NGOs stand up and make some noise about this bullshit.

Dustin James said...

Hi, I stayed in your country over the summer conducting some research. I am an anthropologist in the U.S. and I find this story appalling. I am not a gay man, but I am human and I support my fellow man. Let me know what you need me to do. I support you in all of your endeavors. Good luck.


ooh gug it sounds so bad, but sorry we should forgive them for their iginorance and luck of understanding issues concerning sexual orientation.

They fill that we deserve death just becouse of what we are, we didnt choose to be gay(homosexuals) God choose it for us.

Iwonder seeing people who claim to be Gods servants to try to plan for our death, am sorry for them i think hell is for them,

Who doesnt know ssempa and the co? we shall continue to writte and talk about our life, homosexuality is not a habbit the way they think its natural we need to educate them before they pass this becouse its even violation of human and we shall deal with them acording to the constitution of uganda in the artical 45 of the constitution it talks about additional rights, rights that are not specifical mentioned in the constitution and its say that they are human rihts that accure to uganda and it says that they are in various Declararions and conventions at the national, regional and international levels and it continues to talk surch rights of people are not excluded from enjoying them and that those other rights are not specifically included in the constitution of uganda and we have to enjoye them so why to they think that we need death? BISEXUAL MOVEMENT UGANDA and all LGBT organization in uganda will fight untill justice will prevale in uganda

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