News: Uganda Still Has Time to Pass “Kill the Gays” Bill
Submission by Danny Escoto, former TNG staff writer.
As the week comes to a close, the Ugandan Parliament is one step closer to passing the anti-LGBTQ laws it’s been trying to pass for the last couple of years. The bill could pass as soon as tomorrow.
The new law will allow the government to make engaging in homosexual activity punishable by death. They are calling it “aggravated homosexuality,” which includes anyone who has been previously convicted and the 6.5 percent of the adult population that are HIV-positive in Uganda.
Unlike recent natural disasters that have destroyed thousands of lives in the past few years, the passing of these laws is preventable. Pressures from other governments and international organizations, such as All Out, could sway Ugandan lawmakers to reconsider or push back enacting the bill.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that these potential laws are discriminatory and genocidal. The New Gay stands with the international community in signing a petition to be sent directly to President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda to shine light on the heinous legislation that, if passed, will not only be a detrimental loss in the fight for equal rights worldwide, but also the beginning of a unjust and dangerous life for the gay and transgender men and women of Uganda. Hopefully, Museveni will see the grave mistake he is making, stop the hatred right in its tracks and veto the bill.
You can sign the petition at http://www.allout.org/petition/uganda.
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