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Ugandan anti-gay bill — a self-contradictory mess

Uganda’s notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill isn’t just draconian. It’s also a self-contradictory mess, at least in the version that has been publicly released. The bill makes a show of cracking down on homosexuality, but the life sentence that it provides for same-sex activity is the same as in Uganda’s current law. Its actual target seems to … Continue reading

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Positive steps in Ugandan fight against AIDS among LGBTs

Efforts are under way to improve HIV prevention efforts for LGBT people in Uganda who are included among those most at risk of infection. In one initiative, The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) hosted a two-day workshop by the LGBT advocacy group Spectrum Uganda, designed to dispel misunderstandings and hatred among TASO staff that have often … Continue reading

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Ugandan activists win a battle vs. anti-gay U.S. pastor

The Center for Constitutional Rights reports: August 14, 2013, Springfield, MA – Today, in a first-of-its kind case brought by a Ugandan LGBTI advocacy organization against a prominent U.S. anti-gay extremist, a federal judge ruled that persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is a crime against humanity and that the fundamental … Continue reading

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Uganda’s slow progress toward LGBT rights

Insightful commentary in Gay Star News from Jamaican (and international) LGBT activist Maurice Tomlinson about slow progress in Uganda: Though clearly delusional in his denial of ongoing LGBT abuses in Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni’s recent statement nevertheless signals his support for the move by a few Ugandan Parliamentarians to permanently shelve the dreadful Anti-Homosexuality Bill … Continue reading

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Uganda’s David Bahati rebuffs Kennedy human rights team

[Correction: The first version of this article stated that Ugandan legislator David Bahati refused to meet with visitors from the R.F. Kennedy Center. Apparently he did meet with them, but rejected their message that his Anti-Homosexuality Bill would violate human rights.] Ugandan legislator David Bahati wants to throw homosexuals in jail or kill them, as … Continue reading

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Uganda: No ‘Kill the Gays’ bill until April

Opponents of Uganda’s so-called “Kill the Gays” bill got a break this week, as Rebecca Kadaga, speaker of the parliament, declared a recess until after Easter to allow legislators consult their constituents about the pending Marriage and Divorce Bill. Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which failed to reach the floor of parliament in the sessions of 2009 … Continue reading

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Uganda ‘Kill the Gays’ bill remains a threat, just off stage

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which failed to reach the floor of parliament in the sessions of 2009 and 2012, remains in the wings this year, awaiting action that LGBT activists hope never comes. In the early days of this year’s parliamentary session, the bill gradually moved higher on the Notice of Business to Follow list in … Continue reading

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Canada aids foes of Uganda’s anti-gay bill

The National Post, based in Ontario, Canada, reports: Canada is quietly financing a concerted grassroots effort to aid gay Ugandans’ fight against their country’s proposed anti-homosexuality bill — and preparing them in case it passes, says a senior Department of Foreign Affairs source. Since November, when the Ugandan Parliament renewed its effort to pass the … Continue reading