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The Ugandan parliament is set to pass the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, under the sponsorship of MP David Bahati. If this Bills passes it will register that Ugandans are ascribing to the view that “homosexuality is not a human right.” (Quote David Bahati to Melanie Nathan)  The Bill may be passed within a fortnight, surreptitiously; but that cannot silence the world.

Read about the latest on the impending Bill here – madikazemi.blogspot.com/2011/08/uganda-kill-gays-bill-back-within.html

This is a petition we started today at change.org – to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Museveni of Uganda and the U.S. Ambassador to Uganda.  We hope our readers will support this endeavor.   Ugandans are probably unaware as to how we will react. Let us tell them in advance of passage.

Ugandans must know ahead what the consequences will be; let us tell them now:-

1. American and International Corporations will not be able to function in a Country where employers cannot send gay and lesbian executives, employees, representatives;

2. The U.S. Government  and other countries would be placing its gay and lesbian envoys, employees at risk – regardless of diplomatic immunity -

3. The LGBT communities around the world and allies will be calling for trade boycotts and divestment from Uganda;

4. Tourism to Uganda will be boycotted by the International community;

5. Ugandan Coffee importers will be targeted in the U.S.A.

6. Uganda’s interests in the U.S.A. and other countries will be targeted for protests;

7. The world LGBTI community and allies will  continue to pressure President Zuma to remove Jon Qwelane from Uganda and to stop South African investment in Uganda;

8. The Gay communities of the world will demand  the U.S.A. and U.K. and other Western countries offer asylum to LGBTI people in Uganda and safe passage to other countries.

9. Activists will target the Banks that provide services in Uganda with boycotts and account closures;

10. Uganda will be excluded from international sports;

11. U.S. will be pressured to stop aid to Uganda;

The world will not tolerate any country criminalizing homosexuality, arresting and sentencing homosexuals;  gays, lesbians and transgender people, live as others do; living one’s natural  orientation is not a crime.

Uganda must understand that notwithstanding the fact that it is a sovereign nation and that its parliament can pass any laws,  if it plans to impinge on basic human rights such as the right to one’s natural orientation, it will as a Country isolate itself, and must be prepared to live accordingly.

The above will apply even if the death-sentence is removed from the Bill.

Thank you to the world for caring about all people.

In Solidarity with our African Family, and in memory of our Brother David Kato.

www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2963.htm

kampala.usembassy.gov/

Our stand shall be the same, whether or not the death penalty clause is taken out. We will not stand for the criminalization of a natural orientation. It is a human right to be true to one’s nature, the way one was born. There is no such thing as recruiting gays. It is simply not possible to force someone to be attracted to a member of the same-sex. The entire premise for the Bahati bill is flawed and Ugandans should not be duped by the self-serving rhetroic and myth.

More About the Bill:-

Uganda’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill (also known as the “Kill the Gays Bill“), if enacted, would broaden the criminalisation of same-sex relations by introducing the death penalty for people who have previous convictions, are HIV-positive, or engage in sexual acts with people of the same sex or for adults who do so with those under 18 years of age.  The bill also includes provisions for Ugandans who engage in same-sex sexual relations outside of Uganda, asserting that they may be extradited for punishment back to Uganda, and includes penalties for individuals, companies, media organisations, or non-governmental organisations that support LGBT rights. Homophobia is rampant in Uganda and is thought to have been one of the causes of the bill.

The private member’s bill was submitted by MP David Bahati in Uganda on 14 October 2009.   Same-sex relationships are currently illegal in Uganda—as it is in many sub-Saharan African countries—punishable by incarceration in prison for up to 14 years. The proposed legislation in Uganda, however, has been noted by several news agencies to be inspired by American evangelical Christians. A special motion to introduce the legislation was passed a month after a two-day conference was held in which three American Christians asserted that homosexuality was a “direct threat” to the cohesion of African families.

The bill, the government of Uganda, and the evangelicals involved have received significant international media attention as well as criticism and condemnation from many Western governments and those of other countries, some of whom have threatened to cut off financial aid to Uganda. It has also received protests from international LGBT, human rights, civil rights, and scientific organisations which rejected the claims behind the need for the bill as utterly false. International reaction to the proposed bill has characterised it as barbaric and abhorrent. In response to the attention, a revision was introduced to reduce the strongest penalties for the greatest offenses to life imprisonment.

Intense international reaction to the bill caused President Yoweri Museveni to form a commission to investigate the implications of passing it. After the bill was held for further discussion for most of 2010, in May 2011, parliament adjourned without voting on the bill. It may be taken up again in the next session, expected to begin in June, but the bill would have to return to the beginning of the legislative process.[

In 2010 Navi Pillay, the UN’s high commissioner for human rights, joined a growing ­chorus of opposition condemning the bill as ­discriminatory and called for homosexuality to be decriminalised in the country.  “The bill proposes ­draconian punishments for people alleged to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered – namely life imprisonment, or in some cases, the death penalty,” she said. “To criminalise people on the basis of colour or gender is now unthinkable in most countries. The same should apply to an individual’s sexual orientation.”

Pillay called on the Ugandan ­government to put the draft bill on hold because it breaches international human rights standards.   It has provoked criticism from western governments and gay rights groups and protests in London, New York and Washington.
by Melanie Nathan
melanie@gayusathemovie.com
@oblogdeeoblogda

4 Comments

  1. Andrea B., on August 23, 2011 at 10:14 am, said:

    I hope the author of this report realises that the funding, political pressure, religious pressure, economic pressure, media support and ideology behind this law, mostly originates from the United States of America.

    Scott Lively is the most public person in support of this, however a lot of politicians, think tanks, pressure groups, baptist, catholic and various other religious people from the USA love this law and see it as a test bed, for future laws elsewhere.

    The fantasy that the author has, that other countries will have an issue with this law is purely that, fantasy.

    The USA and other countries deal daily with Saudi Arabia which beheads homosexual people in a sports arena. That stadium is always fully packed.

    The author of the article really needs to read through some media publications from Europe, Asia, South America and other areas to widen her horizons as she clearly has a US centric with blinkers viewpoint, of the world.

    Here is how it will really play out.

    • US corporations will have better functionality in Uganda as some of them have been involved in funding the media campaign for this new law, in co-ordination with US pressure groups and religious organisations. US corporations do not send LGBT people to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Afganistan, etc, as they would be executed, leading to bad public relations back in the USA.

    • The US has practically no LGBT diplomatic staff anyway and never sends anyone who is LGBT to countries such as Vatican, Saudi Arabia, etc as they are seen as an insult to the host countries. It would lead to more internal pressure in the diplomatic core on LGBT staff.

    • The LGBT community in a lot of countries, gives active support to Palestine and Gaza, which are vehemently anti-LGBT areas and constantly attack Isreal. Israel is the only country in the Middle East which can actually have a LGBT event without everyone attending, being executed.

    • Bahrain, Qatar and Dubai are vehemently anti-LGBT, yet have constantly increasing numbers of tourists from western countries, including the USA. Anal sex carries a 5 year jail term in Qatar. In Bahrain there are no official anti-LGBT laws, but transvestites are regularly jailed and gays are jailed under morality laws. The number of US tourists to those countries increases yearly. The military government of Chile (1973–1990) under Pinochet regularly killed LGBT and had increasing numbers of visiting US citizens and ever closer diplomatic relations during that period.

    • No Saudi or other country that kills LGBT on a regular basis has regular demonstrations at there investments or embassies. The more LGBT they kill, the better the relationships with the USA.

    • LGBT will do nothing to pressure anyone from investing in Uganda. Anyone doing so will be treated as a threat to US economic ideology and therefore will get in a lot of trouble. Any protests will be very quickly be stamped out, due to vested interests in the corriders of power.

    • The only issue that western governments care about is the bottom line. LGBT groups interfering with the bottom line will find all links to government getting very quickly severed, therefore will not have any real issue beyond an initial condemnation, to be quickly forgotten.

    • Anyone targetting a bank-business doing business in Uganda, will be treated as a terrorist, regardless of reason, for attacking an US business, spear heading US business interests in Uganda.

    • Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran, Qatar, Bahrain, Dubai, etc are not excluded from international sports for there anti-LGBT stance and anyone trying to do so, would get in real trouble very quickly.

    • The USA will most likely increase aid to Uganda, as will other countries, when they realise that extreme western ideologies can be exported to Uganda with enough co-ordinated pressure.

    Welcome to the real world.

    • Melanie Nathan, on September 4, 2011 at 11:15 am, said:

      Andrea B. I am sorry that you were unable to understand the point and purpose of he Petition. The idea is to illustrate to the Ugandans to whom it was addressed what could feasibly occur if the Bill passes. There will be a strong international reaction, yes because of the specific nuances of the bill, that your examples of failure fail to consider. Would you prefer that we as activists keep quiet about the repercussions until after the passage of the BILL? Do you prefer that we do not make demands of State Department or make as noise because of logistics a pertaining to other countries? I do not allow my activism to be affected by what is likely to happen or not likely to happen. That to me denotes fear of failure and fear of outcome. I suggest action regardless of whether I succeed or not. That is why I have been able to accomplish what others have refused to do because they believed it would not work.
      I am not a writer – I am an activist and my writing is my platform. I am acutely aware of the points you raise, of the evangelical link to the AHB. Last night I had a private meeting with Bishop Christopher Sonjoyo from Uganda, who says that if the Bill is put up for a vote in Uganda’s parliament it will pass. That is why the cabinet is trying to stop it ahead of a vote, because they are aware of the international repercussions. The International pressure is already working on Uganda. The importance of this petition is to show the people to whom its been addressed what it is what could be lost if AHB passes. What is currently happening in the world around LGBT issues and how we deal with them has zero impact on the AHB. It is not a reason to expect that the State department will treat Uganda in the same way. I disagree with you as you have not looked at the particular nuances of the AHB when you apply what is happening in other countries to it. It is also no reason to refrain from advocacy. I operate in the real world, I understand the real world; however I have advocate successfully with direct result in the past after being told “don’t waste your time impossible” by those who know better than me! Because I went ahead and tried what others had refused – by looking form the nuance that separated the case from the “others” – If I would have listened to the “do not it is impossible, ” I would not have succeeded – www.visualcv.com/melnathan

  2. Norman, on August 22, 2011 at 9:03 pm, said:

    How hard is to understand that humans came to this world in different skin colors, shapes, sizes, sexual preferences, tastes, etc. Why humans can respect each others while we live in this planet. We are supposed to be smart & many times we act worst than dumb prehistoric animals !

  3. Mary Ellen Mayo, on August 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm, said:

    Our government needs to investigate and arrest the AMERICAN RELIGIOUS RIGHT TERRORISTS who went over and pushed this in Uganda. It is probably a dry run for what they would like to do in the UNITED STATES….

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