Petitioning Members of the Ugandan Parliament to end the push for anti-gay legislation once and for all
A Valentine for Frank Mugisha
Imagine a life where your sexual orientation or gender identity can be punished by death, by your own government. This is reality for Frank Mugisha and hundreds of thousands of LGBTI people living in Uganda, where Parliament is working on a now-infamous anti-homosexuality bill that carried a death penalty sentence.
This Valentine’s Day, join the RFK Center and advocates around the world in sending a “Social Justice Valentine” to Frank and his partners at Sexual Minorities Uganda, the nation’s largest LGBTI rights coalition. For every signature to our petition, the RFK Center will deliver a valentine to Uganda calling for LGBTI justice and a permanent end to the anti-homosexuality bill. This year, while you reach out to those you love on Valentine’s Day, join us in sending a message about the freedom to love to those fighting for justice in Uganda.
Current Status of the Bill:
Ugandan Parliament resumes with anti-gay bill 8th on Agenda
Keeping guard over the Kill the Gays Bill http://oblogdeeoblogda.me/2013/02/05/ugandan-parliament-resumes-with-anti-gay-bill-8th-on-agenda/
More about Frank Mugisha:
American Activist Provides Insights after day with Ugandan LGBTI Rights Hero Frank Mugisha
Reflecting on my day with Frank Mugisha
By Cathy Kristofferson, GetEQUAL MA ; Photos by Joe Oliverio
Now that the Ugandan Parliament has recessed with Speaker Kadaga unable to fulfill her ‘Christmas gift’ promise of passing the Kill-The-Gays bill for her people, the gay community of Uganda along with me and many activists worldwide have all sighed with relief welcoming the near 2 month reprieve before the bill can rear its ugly head again. It has given me the chance to reflect on the wonderful opportunity I had to spend most of a recent Friday at the Stop The Hate and Homophobia Coalition Springfield’s events in celebration of International Human Rights Day hosting Frank Mugisha of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and folks from the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). Together we all participated in a standout protest in front to the Federal Courthouse and followed that with a potluck and roundtable discussion of all things Frank Mugisha, Uganda, and their intersections with all human rights. Our street action protested the Anti-Homosexuality Bill (AHB), a.k.a. the Kill-The-Gays bill for its death penalty maximum sentence, which had been re-introduced before the Ugandan Parliament along with the American Evangelicals who participated in the 2009 ‘Global Gay Agenda’ workshop that led to the bill’s initial introduction mere months after they left. The major participant of that workshop was Scott Lively of Abiding Truth Ministries located about half a mile up State St. from the Federal Courthouse where we were standing.