BY MELANIE NATHAN, AUGUST 05, 2014.
My Message to President Obama:
PRESIDENT Obama – I have been a huge supporter of yours. Where are your principles? – You and the First Lady have now welcomed this gay hating corrupt dictator into OUR White House!
“On announcing his intention to sign a bill dubbed the “jail the gays” bill, the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni addressed a cheering crowd to say he was declaring “war on the homosexual lobby”. PINK NEWS.
You should have kept your word – and abided by the sanctions you established. I see your actions as two faced.
Museveni is one of the biggest culprits of LGBT and human rights abuses in Africa. He abused LGBT Ugandans by signing The Anti-Homosexuality Act, using gays as a tool for his political gain and game, a measure of his corrupt determination to maintain his dictatorship. The day Museveni signed that Anti-Gay bill and verbally declared War on the World Gays – that includes me Mr. President- your citizen- your fellow American – is the day he officially endorsed persecution of all LGBT in Uganda and people around the world.
The day Museveni attended that victory anti-gay 10,000 people strong rally, to accept his huge framed award from Martin Ssempa and the crew of antagonists, with accolades for signing the bill to jail gays for life – handed to him by those who had called for the death of gays and lesbians – is the day Museveni tacitly endorsed the 5 months of relentless outings and persecution. Some LGBT community members are still in hiding – unable to work, struggling to survive – And you welcome him into OUR White House. I am angry and as a lesbian American feel betrayed! There is no justification for this whatsoever. You have lost my support! I fought hard for you President Obama and I stuck up for you – often – not anymore! This is not a mistake its a slap across the face.
NOT TO MENTION THE OPPRESSION AND ALL THE OTHER PROOF OF CORRUPTION!!!
You welcome him into OUR White house?
After you promised this:
Part of the sanctions imposed by President Obama :
Human rights abusers would not be permitted into the U.S.
Restricting entry to the United States. We want human rights abusers, worldwide, to know their misdeeds are not unnoticed and would-be human rights abusers to understand that there are consequences for engaging in such actions. The State Department is therefore taking steps consistent with its current authorities (including Presidential Proclamation 8697) to restrict the entry into the United States of specific Ugandan individuals involved in serious violations or abuses of human rights, including those determined to have committed such violations or abuses against LGBT individuals. While we will not identify the individuals whom we have watch-listed in line with confidentiality requirements, this step makes clear our commitment to sanctioning individuals determined to have perpetrated human rights abuses or who are responsible for such acts in the future. In addition, the United States will also take steps consistent with current authorities to restrict entry into the United States by Ugandans who are found responsible for significant public corruption.
The hardest part for me is I truly love this President. I have admired him and stuck by him – I have defended him at every turn. I thought he was one of our greatest. I am so disappointed I can barely find the words to express my anger and sadness. I feel as if my best friend just stabbed me in the back. That is how much these sanctions and this support had meant to me. Now I am left wondering ….. what next?
What makes this worse is that the U.S. Embassy in Uganda is bragging about this on their Facebook page (see screen shot below): This is the Embassy that denied 7 Ugandans VISAS to come and march with me in my Grand Marshal contingency at San Francisco Pride: See – KERRY PAYS LIP SERVICE ARTICLE ON HUFFPO at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/melanie-nathan/secretary-of-state-kerry-pays-lip-service_b_5523234.html
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