By Cathy Kristofferson, March 5, 2014
Today is the Global Day of Action Against Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law. Actions were seen at the Ugandan Embassy in Washington, D.C., in New York City at the Permanent Mission of Uganda to the UN, and at Scott Lively’s Holy Grounds Coffee House in Springfield, MA.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the country’s draconian anti-gay bill into law last Monday. Those accused can now get from 7 years to life imprisonment under very harsh conditions. “Promotion” of homosexuality is also outlawed, thus paving the way for further health catastrophes involving HIV/AIDS prevention. People are already being beaten and arrested on a whim.
In Washington, D.C. another trip to the Ugandan Embassy was made to deliver a 2nd eviction notice (the first notice was delivered last week):
Also delivered was a ‘Top 200 homophobes” version of the notorious ‘Red Pepper’ tabloid long known for publicly outing real and perceived members of Uganda’s LGBTI community. They were convicted of wrongdoing for the infamous “Hang Them” edition printed just prior to the murder of David Kato. The Red Pepper has been merciless in their persecution of the LGBTI community since the day President Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law on February 24th. Red Pepper has printed names, addresses, and pictures causing countless LGBTI people to flee their homes and hide, or become victims of vigilante street justice.
In Springfield, MA protesters rallied at Scott Lively’s Holy Grounds Coffee House to highlight his involvement in anti-gay activities in Uganda. His ‘activities’ have resulted in a lawsuit charging Crimes Against Humanity, which are currently being brought against him.
Protesters in New York City rallied at Permanent Mission of Uganda to the UN. The U.N. has spoken out loudly against Uganda and the violation of human rights the Anti-Homosexuality Law is.
And don’t forget Friday is the Global Day of Action In Support of Nigeria’s LGBT Community. Details here.