Uganda Now: Gearing Up for Another Round with the "Kill the Gays" Bill and Keeping the Heat on the U.S. Evangelicals- NYC

Date 

Add to My Calendar Thursday, July 21, 2011

Location 

6:30pm-8pm

The “Kill the Gays” bill in Uganda (where homosexuality is already a crime) would impose the death penalty for a second conviction of consensual sex between two people of the same gender. It would also require family members, medical personnel, clergy and others to report people they suspect of being gay or face prison time. US evangelicals have been spreading hate in Uganda for years. In fact, the bill was introduced by David Bahati, who received training from The Family, a U.S.-based right-wing evangelical network. The bill emerged after a controversial 2009 meeting in Kampala attended by U.S.-based evangelical Scott Lively, who has compared the effect of his work there to a "nuclear bomb" that he hopes is replicated elsewhere. Thanks to an inspiring grassroots movement in Uganda and international solidarity efforts this bill has not yet been passed but it is expected to be reintroduced next month. Whether or not the anti-gay bill becomes law, and whether or not the death penalty provision remains, the mere introduction of the bill has served to intensify a climate of hatred and persecution of the LGBTI community in Uganda.

 
Please join us next Thursday, July 21st, from 6:30pm to 8pm, for a discussion of the current human rights crisis facing Uganda’s LGBTI community, the role that US evangelicals play in fomenting this crisis and how you can get involved.
 
Moderator: Pam Spees, Senior Staff Attorney, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

Speakers:

  • Frank Mugisha, of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG)
  • Reverend Patricia Ackerman, Fellowship of Reconciliation
  • New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm, who will be presenting a proclamation to Frank Mugisha
Co-sponsors: Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), Human Rights First (HRF)

Last modified 

July 19, 2011