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Uganda's anti-gay bill is senseless discrimination and hate in it's rawest form... a proposed genocide of the LGBT community. And my question is - why aren't more people talking about it? Because it's taboo... or people feel like it doesn't affect them if they're not Ugandan or not gay? When basic human rights are so grossly threatened, it is up to the global community to stand up for our brothers and sisters who are under persecution. Gertrude asked us to look at the following articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

Article 1.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 3.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 5.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 7.
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Article 9.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 12.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

And while it is easy for some of us to point at other countries and criticize their governments, when taking a close look at our own, we can most likely all find similar violations of human rights for gays - as well as any minority group whether it be gender or race-based.

Recently, in the United States, President Obama has pushed to end the US military's "Dont' Ask, Don't Tell" policy which forbids openly gay men and women to serve in the military. He is supported by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen and Colin Powell - who all say that it's wrong to ask men and women to lie about who they are to defend our nation.

However there are still many senators (and Americans), like John McCain, who oppose reversing this policy. They claim that servicemen shouldn't feel uncomfortable or threatened by unwanted advances from their colleagues. I am willing to bet that more servicewomen are made uncomfortable from unwanted male colleague advances in the military than servicemen or servicewomen receive from their same-sex collegues. Which is besides the point - but interesting to note.

President Obama doesn't support gay marriage (hopefully he'll come around), but he does advocate for LGBT rights. Obama also recently went on record in condemning Uganda anti-gay bill as "odious." But what if it passes? Are we going to stand by and watch this happen? What will the US and other nations do to support the LGBT community worldwide to ensure that this bill and others like it don't pass and that violence and discrimination against gays can finally come to an end? We are all humans, we are all on this earth together and we must respect, uphold and advocate for each others' rights - like we would want our brothers and sisters to protect ours when we are violated.


Nelly2.0's picture

Well Said!

Hi Jade,

I've always thought the "don't ask, don't tell" policy is quite frankly stupid. These are men and women dying for their nation and just because of the person they love, suddenly they are no longer patriots?

People are quick to judge others, will even kill to prove their point and most of them do so in the name of God. The last time I read the Bible, God was still a merciful God who asked us not to judge people and to leave the judging to Him.

I don't know why it is so difficult for people to understand that you don't have to a homosexual and like everything about them to let them be.

I love the Human Rights articles.

warmest regards,

jap21's picture

Hi Jade

LGBT rights are not something to play with. If we care about human rights, we must care about LGBT rights. This sounds pretty logical and an act of common sense. BUT, many societies in the world have not yet acquired this way of thinking. It is good that the media is putting this theme in the social agenda of the global community.

Thanks for opening our eyes.



Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America

It makes me sad to think that some people were raised to believe that humanity is conditional. It makes me upset to think that people feel entitled to rule the lives of others on the principles of their own. I feel that the social movement of my generation is for LGBT rights. When will be able to live peacefully together, accepting each other for our beautiful and dynamic differences. Variety is the spice of life, ey?
As for the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, I find it laughable that the United States is a nation that prides itself on being a melting pot, a marketplace of ideas, land of the free and yet one's basic right to speech is impeded upon if they're gay. I too hope Obama puts this issue at the forefront of his agenda so that we may start as a country to reverse the pain we've caused the LGBT community and serve as an international example, beginning a wave of global acceptance.

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