Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 28+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2014-08-27
Download Issue
  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

Broadway in Chicago puts on free summer show Broadway in Chicago

puts on free summer show
The hill was alive with the sound of music in the Jay ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times

Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill advances in Parliament
From a news release
2012-11-27

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


Washington, D.C. —Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill was recently placed on the parliament's agenda for imminent discussion and has the enthusiastic support of the parliament's speaker, among other parliamentarians, who declared that its passage in December would be a "Christmas gift" to the Ugandan people. Human Rights First reiterates its categorical opposition to this bill which will have severely adverse consequences for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people as well as other Ugandans. Same-sex relations are already illegal in Uganda, but the bill proposes tougher penalties, including for those assisting LGBTI people, such as health care practitioners, and establishes a dangerous precedent for the persecution of minority groups in the country.

Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill was first introduced in 2009, prompting a global outcry from those who condemned the legislation and affirmed the dignity and humanity of LGBTI Ugandans. Currently, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill is scheduled to be discussed as "business to follow" pending before the parliament, meaning that it is a high priority, and increases likelihood that Ugandan lawmakers could pass the legislation before the December 15 recess.

"We call on President Obama and Secretary Clinton to work toward preventing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill from coming to a vote in the Ugandan Parliament," said Human Rights First's Paul LeGendre. "They should also reiterate their serious concerns to Ugandan President Museveni, whose signature would be required for the bill to take effect." Human Rights First commends the Obama Administration for its steadfast opposition to this bill since its introduction in 2009. Efforts to counter laws that criminalize same-sex relations are a key part of President Obama's memorandum on international initiatives to advance the rights of LGBTI persons. Secretary Clinton has been a champion of efforts to speak out against human rights abuses based on sexual orientation and gender identity throughout the world.

"American evangelical and other faith leaders have an opportunity to add their influential voices by disassociating themselves from this bill and the discrimination and hostility it will engender against LGBTI Ugandans," added LeGendre. A recent call for action signed by prominent faith leaders noted that, "Regardless of the diverse theological views of our religious traditions regarding the morality of homosexuality, the criminalization of homosexuality, along with the violence and discrimination against LGBT people that inevitably follows, is incompatible with the teachings of our faith."

Human Rights First supports the courageous efforts made by human rights groups in Uganda to oppose the bill. Julius Kaggwa, a Ugandan civil society leader and recipient of Human Rights First's 2010 human rights prize, stated that: "Now is the time for the international community to express solidarity with LGBTI Ugandans." Kaggwa will be a featured speaker at Human Rights First's Human Rights Summit on December 4-5.


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily
agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here.
Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you
stay on this page, the more you help us.

Family violence may have led to 8-year old's death 2014-08-28
Hate crime summit Oct. 20 in Chicago 2014-08-27
Boykin discusses Ferguson visit and racism issues 2014-08-24
Detroit police investigate anti-trans hate crimes 2014-08-21
Traffic stop data shows persistent patterns of racial bias 2014-08-14
Wheaton among LGBT-unfriendliest schools 2014-08-13
NCAVP responds to hate violence homicide of Juan Ceballos 2014-08-08
World news: South African murder; police apologize for raid 2014-08-05
Obama urged to reconsider pacts; a killing in Crimea 2014-07-30
Rob Ford says he's not anti-gay; Glee trouble in UK 2014-07-22
Bipartisan International Human Rights Act in the House 2014-07-16
Report shows religious right strategy on LGBT equality 2014-07-16
WGCI host tweets anti-trans slur, then apologizes 2014-07-11
UN identifies Malawi Human Rights violations based on orientation 2014-07-10
Honduran LGBT leader talks coup, U.S. gov't 2014-07-09
LGBT-rights activists in Uganda, Thailand talk situation 2014-06-24
White House sets Uganda accountability steps 2014-06-19
Culver's franchise owner has anti-gay past 2014-06-18
Africa-focused forum examines theology, queer reality 2014-06-16
LGBTI solidarity in Africa discussed at community forum 2014-06-16
HRC: Public supports federal non-discrimination protection 2014-06-16
HRC to Secretary Kerry: old Uganda accountable 2014-06-12
House Subcommittee gets anti-LGBT testimony from professor 2014-06-10
Judge dismisses most of NOM lawsuit against IRS 2014-06-05
Gareth Thomas in Cinderella; South Africa drops blood ban 2014-06-04
HRC urges Obama to act now on LGBT Ugandans arrests, violence 2014-06-03
Sun-Times removes anti-trans commentary 2014-06-03
LGBTI Solidarity in Africa Weekend, June 13-15 2014-06-02
African Commission Resolution calls for protections 2014-05-31
Maine Commission rules against NOM; sets record fines, donor info 2014-05-28
Cardinal praises Conchita; gay politician had abusive partner 2014-05-28
National: Amazon petitioned on scouts; Log Cabins blast Polis 2014-05-28
International study on homophobia launches 2014-05-21
International sports study; Obama talks IDAHOT 2014-05-21
Michelle Obama recognized lesbian mother; marriage battles 2014-05-21
State of Maine finds NOM violated law 2014-05-19
UN video marks Int'l Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia 2014-05-15
Anti-gay laws not mentioned at event with Brunei official 2014-05-14
Gay diver's expletive-laden term; boy expelled for dress 2014-05-13
African, Arab activists discuss social problems affecting communities 2014-05-13





Copyright © 2014 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 



 

DINING Freshii's Alex Blair on expanding empire
 
Before we go moving the Pride Parade...
 
Attendees board 'Soul Train' at ALCC event
 
Michael Jackson tribute Aug. 28-30 in Gary, Indiana
 
7th Circuit hears arguments for Indiana, Wisconsin equal marriage
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now



  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video      News Videos      Nightspots Videos      Entertainment Videos      Queercast Videos      Comedy Videos     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.