Changing Attitude is just one of the many international organisations and campaigns that are opposing the pernicious Ugandan anti-gay bill. The bill hovers on the parliamentary timetable, driven by the speaker of parliament who has promised to secure passage of the bill as a Christmas present to the Ugandan people. It is one of the sickest “Christmas” presents that it’s possible to imagine, threatening death and life imprisonment to people because of their sexuality and even proposing penalties against anyone, priest, teacher, doctor, parent, brother or sister, who refuses to report the identity of those known to be gay.
Changing Attitude is being contacted by lesbian and gay Ugandans every day. There are desperate pleas for help to escape from the country and for asylum. Others are terrified that their lives are about to be subjected to intolerable violence and fear genocide.
Frank Mugisha, Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), whom I met in February this year, is a fearless campaigner against the bill. He has recorded a video for Avaaz members about the importance of international solidarity in the fight to stop the bill from advancing in the parliament. Sign the Avaaz petition against the horrific anti-gay law.
Kasha Jacqueline, a Ugandan lesbian, has also recorded a video for All Out who have another online petition urging Uganda’s President Museveni to veto the notorious “Kill the Gays” bill if it crosses his desk.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu urges Uganda to drop anti-gay bill
Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a patron of Changing Attitude, speaking on Tuesday urged Uganda to abandon the bill.
“I am opposed to discrimination, that is unfair discrimination, and would that I could persuade legislators in Uganda to drop their draft legislation, because I think it is totally unjust,” Tutu told reporters at the All Africa Conference of Churches meeting.
Tutu said the church must stand with minorities. “My brothers and sisters, you stood with people who were oppressed because of their skin colour. If you are going to be true to the Lord you worship, you are also going to be there for the people who are being oppressed for something they can do nothing about: their sexual orientation,” he said.
Tutu said people do not choose their sexual orientation, and would be crazy to choose homosexuality “when you expose yourself to so much hatred, even to the extent of being killed.”
Springfield MA, USA, Friday 7th December
3-4 pm: stand-out protest at Springfield federal court, 300 state street
Frank Mugisha will be at this event tomorrow organised by Stop the Hate and Homophobia in Springfield Coalition. The Coalition has been working to raise awareness about Scott Lively, the Springfield-based pastor who inspired the ‘Kill the Gays’ bill in Uganda. Scott Lively is on trial for the charge of ‘persecution’ for his work in Uganda at this courthouse. SMUG is the plaintiff.
Join them for a rally against hate and then a potluck dinner and conversation with Frank Mugisha from5-7 pm at Out Now office, 32 Hampden St., off Main St.
London, Monday 10th December
Noon-1.30pm at Uganda House, 58-59 Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DX
The UK Consortium on AIDS and International Development is organising this peaceful demonstration in solidarity with LGBT friends and colleagues in Uganda outside the Ugandan High Commission on Human Rights Day and will hand in a letter to the Embassy.
Denmark, a group demonstrated at the Ugandan Embassy on Monday 3rd December
Paris on Sunday 2nd December a Coalition of LGBT groups staged a “Die In” against the bill.
Washington DC a demonstration was held on Saturday 1st December at the Ugandan Embassy, Uganda House.
New York activist Todd Fernandez organised a protest by AEB on Friday 30th November at the Uganda Mission.