As Kenyan’s stand poised to be one of the few countries in the region to consider tolerating diversity with a wider acceptance of LGBT people,
While gays and lesbians around the world are protesting the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Uganda’s Kuchus are seeing solidarity and support expressed by neighbors from Kenya’s LGBTI community. Several dozen gays, lesbians and transgender people as well as allied supporters demonstrated in front of Uganda’s High Commission in Nairobi on Monday. Many wore rainbow colored wigs and masks.
Protests, including in the U.S.A., have been and will continue to be held around the globe, with a special protest day assigned to Tuesday, in hopes of pressuring Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni not to sign the bill, which calls for life imprisonment for some homosexual acts.
According to AP reports, Eric Gitari, executive director of Kenya’s National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, said the Ugandan legislation has major repercussions on human rights conditions across East Africa. Gitari said that some gays and lesbians in Uganda have fled and are living in a Kenyan refugee camp.
Recently representatives of the Kenyan group GALCK noted in a message to President Museveni:
“We are Africans who stand in the belief that all Africans should embrace our complexities and enjoy the chance to participate fully in their socioeconomic and political spheres of life. We applaud his Excellency President Yoweri Museveni for having recognized that violence in the form of incarceration and/or death is not the answer as intimated in his letter to Parliament, and call upon him to be steadfast in furthering his efforts on tackling discriminative approaches such as subjective studies which pave way for” abnormality” as reasons for homosexuality as evidenced in the systematic and documented reports shared by the Uganda Civil society through the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law. Reference statement released on January 21st 2014. We also urge him to focus on the diversity he alluded to in his letter to Parliament.”
The Anti-homosexuality Bill, once dubbed “The Kill the Gays Bill,” which seeks life in prison for so called “repeat offenders” was passed by Uganda’s parliament in December 2013. The Bill is now in the hands of the country’s president, Yoweri Museveni, who can choose to assent or ignore the Bill, which means it will become effective legislation. The President can send the Bill back to Parliament in which event it can still pass upon a two third majority vote. There is no out and out power of Veto, for this a Private member Bill, sponsored by anti-gay Evangelical Christian MP, David Bahati.
Check online and Facebook and make sure you do SOMETHING for tomorrow’s GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION for the Future of Uganda’s LGBt Community and the Future of ALL in Uganda whose health may be impacted by the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Write your own story and send it to president Museveni. Tell Uganda that being gay is not a choice but a human sexuality just like heterosexuality. Explain and participate.
Ugandan exiles protest anti gay laws at D.C. Embassy
Asking to speak to the Ambassador…
By Cathy Kristofferson, February 4, 2014
Photo courtesy Ellen Sturtz
Right now the Kuchu Diaspora Alliance, KDA, is holding a protest at the Ugandan Embassy in Washington, D.C. They are asking President Museveni and Uganda lawmakers to withdraw the Anti-Homosexuality Bill (AHB) passed by the Parliament December 20th of last year — in its entirety. They have asked to speak with the Ambassador. READ more http://oblogdeeoblogda.me/2014/02/04/ugandan-exiles-protest-anti-gay-laws-at-d-c-embassy/