By Cathy Kristofferson, April 19, 2014
Today, demonstrators, with a mural of eight posters, reminded the Ugandan Embassy in Washington D.C. that their country’s state sponsored homophobia has not been forgotten. As Martin Luther King said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” The injustice that is the Anti-Homosexuality Act and the persecution the LGBTI community of Uganda is facing because of it, will be an issue for the worldwide community until Uganda repeals their unjust draconian scapegoating law.
Already there are reports regarding the first court date for Ugandan citizens arrested and to be tried under the Anti-Homosexuality Act. They face life imprisonment if convicted. This is not some bill enacted into law simply to placate a rabid electorate. This is a tool for a homophobic administration to utilize in the persecution of a minority of Ugandan citizens, as means of deflecting attention from the real woes of the country.
Posters also show the disgusting display of homophobia made by President Museveni and school children alike, as led by church leaders, during the ridiculous 5-hour parade and Ugandan national “thanksgiving celebration” for the enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act.
Mr. Museveni had previously declared war on ‘the gays’ and now feels mobilized to fight us.
We aren’t totally sure who is the homosexual lobby Museveni has declared war on, but what we are clear on is the caustic cauldron of hate the Act has created, acceptable to the nation of Uganda.
In our silence is the entire world complicit?
A war has been declared. What next? What is the world willing to do? Will leaders of the African continent stand up? Will the U.S. State Department and the governments of other countries increase their quotas and allow immediate asylum for those forced to flee the persecution of their own Government? Ugandan lives depend on our collective response.
9 hours later the mural is still in place:
Day two (Sunday 4/20) and the mural is still in place:
Day three (Monday 4/21) and still there!
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- Activists Execute Eviction Notice at Uganda’s D.C. Embassy
- Anti-Gay Christian Ugandans Rally in Shocking War on Gays
- Global Day of Action Against Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law