Part 3 of my series on the Ugandan anti-gay bill. For Parts 1 and 2, click here
What. WHAT. WHAT. THE. HELL?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
Turns out that the anti-gay bill's not dead just yet - in fact, those assholes in the Ugandan Parliament seem to be hell-bent on passing it!!!!!!! I'm just too pissed off to comment on this without making death threats or asserting that the members of the Ugandan Parliament don't deserve to live
, so I'll just copy-paste an e-mail I received from "All-Out" on the matter:
Uganda's parliament just announced that they are extending the Spring session for one extra dayan extraordinary move showing the parliament's commitment to pushing this death penalty law through by whatever means necessary.
Time is short, so we need to act fast. Nearly 500,000 people have joined our campaign to stop this bill, and together we've created an international outcry noticed by politicians and the media around the world.
Now we need to turn up the heat and get other key world leaders to condemn this hateful bill before it goes up for a vote on Friday. The president of Uganda has listened to pressure from international figures and allies in the past, and now if enough influential leaders speak out they can help impact his decisionso they need to hear directly from you.
Can you call your head of government and ask them to loudly and publicly condemn Uganda's LGBT death penalty law?
to use our calling tool that makes it easy to find your Head of States phone number and a quick message you can pass on!
In the last three days, All Out, a global movement for LGBT equality, has grown in to a powerful community of over half a million people in every country of the world. On Wednesday, we spoke to Bishop Christopher Senyonjo in Kampala, the internationally renowned human rights defender and outspoken supporter of LGBT equality, who presented your petition to Parliament with other human rights activists. He is inspired by your support, and told us to share these words with you all:The pressure should keep coming. We have to keep it up. This international support energizes me, and all of those speaking out for human rights in Uganda. We know we are not alone: people all over the world are of the same mind on these important issues. These are issues of justice and love for other human beings.If this bill doesnt come up for a vote this Friday, well be able to claim a major victory for human rightsand save lives in Uganda.
But if it does come to a vote, the Ugandan government could shortly pass a brutal law that imposes life imprisonment for people convicted of same-sex relations and the death penalty for serial offenders. President Museveni is the one person who can stop this, by either vetoing a bill or pressuring Parliament not to vote on it. But we need to make sure he hears from other world leaders so he can do the right thing.
Please take just one minute to make a phone call that can help save lives:
This global movement for the simple right to live and love freely is unstoppable, but as this hateful bill shows, there are still many hurdles in the historic battle for human rights and full equality. This is one of those milestone moments, and by raising your voice you have already made a huge difference.
Now that the fight is down to the wire, we all have the powerful opportunity to stand in solidarity with the brave folks in Uganda fighting to beat back this bill.
Lets keep going All Out together to defeat this assault on human rights and dignity, and continue working for a world of equality, everywhere.
With admiration and hope,
Andre, Erika, Guillaume, Jeremy, Joseph, Prerna, Nita, Oli, Tile, Wesley and the rest of the team at All OutPS This global response is having a huge impact. Dont forget to make a quick call to your head of state, and then tell your friends to do the same
: www.allout.org/ugandacall SOURCES
:Ugandan parliament yet to debate bill that would jail gay people for lifeUganda's parliament set to debate anti-gay death penalty bill on May 13, reports Human Rights WatchSocial Media Fights Ugandan Anti-Gay LegislationGod Created You: Bishop Supports Gay Ugandans, Defies Death ThreatsBishop Christopher Senyonjo's St. Paul Foundation for International Reconciliation
And here's "All Out"'s mailing address:
224 Centre St, 6th Fl
New York, NY 10013