- Why Asexual Awareness Week Is Important
- LGBT Network gains public presence on Facebook & plans LGBT History Month
- Malaysian Government Performing Seminars to Teach Parents and Teachers How to Spot Gay Kids
- Kill the Gays – A Fight Against Ugandan Oppression
- Brighton Pride Review
- Campaign started for a Southampton Pride event
- Two Gay Jamaicans Contest The Island’s Homophobic Laws
- Media Highlights Worrying Trend Of Gay Conversion Therapy
- Obama’s Promise for LGBT Equality Rivals Mitt Romney’s Shocking Policies
- Outraged Cardinal Keith O’Brien Wins Bigot Of The Year Award
- Homophobia in the UK?
- Shocking “Call Me Kuchu” Tells Ugandan LGBT’s Tragic Struggle For Safety
- Cameron gets his foot stuck in it, again
- America Approves of the LGBT Community
- Kill The Gays Bill to pass as ‘Christmas gift’ to Ugandans
- Sir Ian McKellen Stands Up Against Homophobic Bullying
- Uganda Drops Death Penalty From “Kill The Gays” Bill
- First Gay Mosque Of Europe Opens In Paris
- Same-sex Marriage To Become Legal In 2013
- Iowa Becomes The First Public University To Ask Applicants If They Are Gay
- BBC Report Shows Gay TV Characters Are Under Represented
- Amsterdam Celebrates Drag Queen Winter Olympics 2012
- 10 Overlooked LGBT News Stories of 2012
- Berlusconi Says Yes To Gay Marriage – But Will He Keep His Word?
- ‘Sugar Rush’ Writer’s Bigoted Transphobia Published
- Hampshire ‘Top Police Force 2013’ for LGB
- Gay Marriage Is A ‘Category Error’
- Private: The Gay Agenda Marches On
- Private: Same Sex Marriage Legalised for England and Wales
- Private: The Gay Best Friend Myth
- MPs in Uganda Pass Anti-Homosexual Bill
- The LGBT Pride Flag – Do we really need to include Black and Brown stripes for POC?
- Here’s (Nearly) Everything You Need to Know About the Australian Equal Marriage Vote
Uganda, formerly known as Kampala, was a colony of the British Empire and recognised the British monarchy as their head of state. In more recent times, you will have seen Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich winning a gold medal in the men’s marathon race at the London 2012 Olympics, now seemingly overshadowed by the reintroduction of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Ugandan parliament.
This repugnant bill was first introduced in October 2009 by David Bahati – an MP in Ugandan parliament and for the constituency of Ndorwa West, he is also a member of the National Resistance Movement. The bill (renowned by the media as the “Kill the Gays bill”) was proposed to increase the legislative criminalisation of same-sex relations, dividing acts of homosexuality into either the “aggravated homosexuality” category whereby the so-called offender would receive capital punishment, or “the offense of homosexuality” where the offender would receive lift imprisonment. So what are the conditions for being charged under either of these offences?
- Aggravated homosexuality would be charged where a person committing homosexual acts and is HIV-positive, is a parent or authority figure, administers intoxicating substances, homosexual acts committed with those under 18 or people with disabilities as well as repeat offenders.
- The offense of homosexuality would be charged where a person commits a homosexual act, is involved in a homosexual marriage, or attempts to commit aggravated homosexuality.
It is also set to be inclusive of Ugandans who engage in homosexual relations outside of Uganda, ensuring provisions be put in place that they are extradited back to Uganda, in order to receive punishment in a Ugandan court. There are also penalties for individuals, companies, media organisations, or non-governmental organisations that know any homosexuals (and fail to report them) or if they support LGBT rights (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender).
We are not targeting anybody – we are just trying to protect the majority of Ugandans from this evil.David BahatiUgandan MP
Currently in Uganda, regardless of this bill being carried through, same-sex relationships are illegal and are punishable by incarceration in prison for anywhere up to 14 years. The bill was not voted on and the Ugandan parliament adjourned in May 2011, however it was reintroduced by Bahati in February 2012 and has since attracted a great deal of international pressure, with US president Barack Obama describing it as “odious”. It proved to rub salt in the wounds of the family members of murdered gay Ugandan activist David Kato, reportedly killed during a robbery, however human rights activists believe that his murder was due to his campaigns. Kato’s picture, as with many homosexuals in Uganda, had been published in a newspaper that demanded gays be executed – reinforcing Uganda’s homophobic reputation.
The west is saying that for us to give you money, we want you to accept behaviour that you abhor. President Obama [is]a man who stood on a platform of change but certainly, this is not the change the world is looking for. It is the evil the world should fightDavid BahatiUgandan MP
To make matters worse – David Bahati previously attended Cardiff University and Manchester Business School before unleashing his homophobic ideology on the Ugandan people. The puerile reintroduced bill includes the drop of the death penalty and the reduction of prison sentences to between two and seven years – irrelevant of the fact that homosexuals are still being persecuted and making it appear that Bahati is in some way generous.
Needless to say that this despicable act of oppression and hate needs to be irradicated and stood up against and if you feel like making a difference, as little as it may be, at least sign this petition and speak out for equal rights.