Ugandan activists to U.S.: Thanks for heeding our advice
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Ugandan activists to U.S.: Thanks for heeding our advice

LGBTI rights activists in Uganda cheered the United States for following  their advice on how to avoid harming the Ugandan people while penalizing anti-gay Ugandan officials for the country’s harsh new anti-gay law. “In line with our guidelines. Very impressive. Thanks for the support,”  tweeted Ugandan LGBTI activist Jacqueline Kasha Nabagesera after the U.S. announced its … Continue reading

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New fund aims to help endangered LGBT people flee

Denis LeBlanc, Editor A new emergency fund is seeking contributions to help LGBT people and allies flee from “immediate threats of arrest, attacks, violence and persecution in countries where harsh laws have fostered a climate of extreme homophobia.” This global, United States-based fund joins several existing Uganda-based funds that are assisting LGBT people during the … Continue reading

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WRONG: Uganda moves slowly on anti-gay law

CORRECTION: The Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Act was published (“gazetted”) on March 10, which is contrary to what this article reported  on March 22. The newly italicized portions of this article turned out to be incorrect. — Editor, April 2014] Ugandan supporters of LGBT rights have clarified the status of the country’s new Anti-Homosexuality Act, [which has … Continue reading

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LGBT Ugandans: Here’s how you can help us

Ugandan supporters of human rights, including LGBT rights, have published  guidelines for their local and international allies on how best to fight against the country’s new Anti-Homosexuality Law. Travel advisories; advocacy by celebrities, businesses and churches;  strategically targeted aid cuts, but not general aid cuts, are among the actions endorsed by the Civil Society Coalition … Continue reading

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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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Ugandan activists’ advice on threats to cut aid

Uganda’s coalition of LGBTI activists today urged their international supporters to speak out against the repressive Anti-Homosexuality Bill that was recently passed by the Ugandan parliament, but to take care with any threats to withhold foreign aid. Any discussion with Ugandan officials about possible aid cuts in response to the bill should be “behind closed … Continue reading