In case you haven’t heard, the Ugandan Parliament is currently considering a piece of legislation explicitly aiming to eliminate “internal and external threats to the traditional heterosexual family,” the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009.
The bill targets lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Ugandans, their advocates, and those that know someone LGBT. It would reaffirm existing penalties for homosexuality and introduce sweeping new criminal provisions. Some of these troubling provisions include: imprisonment for life for anyone convicted of the “offence of homosexuality;” punishment for the “promotion of homosexuality” with prison terms; imprisonment for up to three years for anyone who fails to report to the authorities LGBT people or LGBT human rights defenders they know; and most egregiously, the application of the death penalty to anyone in Uganda who has consensual same-sex relations repeatedly or who has consensual same-sex relations and is HIV positive. If this bill were to pass, it would be a devastating blow to the human rights of all Ugandans and would significantly impede effective HIV prevention and care.
Join the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission in letting our government know that we support its threats to repeal aid to Uganda and that we will not stand for such a discriminatory act becoming law.
Take action here.