Ugandan Parliament passes Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Uganda’s parliament abruptly passed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill Friday, though the prime minister said that not enough members of parliament were present to establish a formal quorum and validate the vote. The bill was passed without any public notice, prompting international rights organizations to question its legal legitimacy. The bill now goes to President Yoweri Museven to […]

Bishop of Newcastle condemns African criminalization of homosexuality

The Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Revd Martin Wharton speaking in House of Lords debate has strongly condemned the criminalization of homosexuality in many countries. Bishop Martin said that on the issue of homosexuality the Anglican Communion was “deeply divided” but insisted there could not be “any grounds for denying the equality before the law […]

U.S. envoy meets Ugandan leaders over anti-gay bill

According to the US State Department, the leading U.S. diplomat in Africa, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson, met with high-profile leaders in Uganda “over the weekend” and raised concerns about the anti-gay bill, which among other things would punish homosexual acts with life in prison. During a daily briefing on Monday, […]

Ugandan anti homosexuality bill: Legal committee endorses bill

The Legal and Parliamentary committee has today endorsed a report prescribing life imprisonment to the offence of aggravated homosexuality in the controversial bill. An MTV Uganda television report has interviews. The controversial Anti homosexuality bill 2009 was introduced by Ndorwa East Mp David Bahati as a private members bill. The committee chaired by Kajara county MP […]

Uganda VP tells British Minister death penalty for gays will be dropped

Ugandan VP Edward Ssekandi meeting the UK Minister Lynne Featherstone

Uganda’s vice president, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has told a visiting British government minister that the proposed death penalty in the Anti-homosexuality Bill 2009 would be dropped when it becomes law. The government owned New Vision newspaper is reporting that Ssekandi however told the British Home Office minister Lynne Featherstone, that homosexuality was alien to Ugandan […]

Revd Colin Coward, Director of Changing Attitude England, to visit Kenya and Uganda

A week from today I will be arriving at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, to begin a three week visit to the Revd Michael Kimindu, leader of Other Sheep East Africa and Changing Attitude’s network person in Kenya and to Frank Mugisha in Uganda. Michael is organising the programme for my visit. It includes meeting […]

President Museveni claims on BBC TV that Ugandan gays are not persecuted

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni told the BBC on Wednesday that he did not support the persecution of homosexuals despite the reintroduction of a draconian anti gay-bill in parliament last week. According to reports by the French News Agency (AFP) monitored in Kampala, the president told BBC’s Hard Talk programme that he did not consider homosexuality […]

Magistrate in Uganda homophobic smear case accuses lawyer of dirty tricks campaign

Sempa (facing down) and Kyazze during a court appearance in 2011

The trial magistrate in Uganda’s on-going landmark homophobic smear case against three anti-gay pastors has accused the lead defence lawyer of a dirty tricks campaign. Magistrate John Wekesa said the lawyer, Edward Sekabanja, had orchestrated a bribery smear campaign against him in the media and meanwhile sanctioned “false affidavits” to accuse the magistrate of having […]

Call to action – Resist, Reject, Oppose the Anti-homosexuality bill 2009 currently tabled in the Ugandan Parliament

**CALL TO ACTION** The COALITION OF AFRICAN LESBIANS (CAL), a pan African network of lesbian, bisexual and gender non-conforming people, organizations and individuals, calls upon every person who believes in the dignity, equality and freedom of every human being, to take note of and act urgently to halt the Anti-Homosexuality Bill which has just been […]