Help Defeat Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill
The piece of legislation that has become known as Uganda’s anti-gay bill is slated to come before the Ugandan parliament in late February or early March. If the legislation passes, it would not only reinforce the criminalization of homosexuality in Uganda but it could punish homosexuals with life imprisonment or even death.
The current version of the bill also mandates jail sentences for those who protect gay individuals or who fail to report them to the authorities—a provision which would further increase fear and vigilantism towards gays and lesbians.
The introduction of this legislation is not just a tragedy for Uganda’s gay and lesbian citizens, but a tragedy for the entire world. World Pulse correspondent Gertrude Pswarayi has reported on the effect the proposed Ugandan legislation has had on her own country of Zimbabwe and on the entire African continent. “As a Zimbabwean advocate for the rights of sexual minorities,” she writes, “I have witnessed how the Uganda legislative threats have created panic and despondence among sexual minorities.”
Several heads of state and international leaders, along with ordinary citizens from around the world, have lent their voices to condemn this legislation. “To criminalize people on the basis of color or gender is now unthinkable in most countries,” declared the UN’s high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay. “The same should apply to an individual's sexual orientation."
Thankfully, there have been some signs of hope that Ugandan leaders are feeling the pressure from the international community to reject the bill. You can help keep the pressure on!
World Pulse has launched an Action Blogging Campaign to add volume to the outpouring of international support for Uganda’s sexual minorities.
You can learn more about the issue by reading Pswarayi’s article Legalizing Homophobia, Setting a Precedent in Africa.
Next, join the conversation on Pulsewire and we will send your message directly to the President of Uganda.