Be Happy You Don’t Live in Uganda *


* unless you do, in which case, damn! Sorry. :(

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Uganda has never been known as a great bastion of human rights and economic development. The country’s reputation wasn’t ever wonderful and, let’s face it, Idi Amin didn’t help matters (though his reign of evil made for a great movie). So, yeah, life sucks in Uganda, but it really sucks if you’re gay. But for some people it doesn’t suck enough, and they want to make it far, far worse.

Let me introduce you to the 2009 Anti-Homosexuality Bill. This bill would do a number of unpleasant things, such as this list which I lifted from Box Turtle Bulliten’s article on the subject.

■Reaffirm the lifetime sentence currently provided upon conviction of homosexuality, and extends the definition from sexual activity to merely “touch[ing] another person with the intention of committing the act of homosexuality.”
■Create a new category of “aggravated homosexuality” which provides for the death penalty for “repeat offenders” and for cases where the individual is HIV-positive.
■Criminalizes all speech and peaceful assembly for those who advocate on behalf of LGBT citizens in Uganda with fines and imprisonment of between five and seven years.
■Criminalizes the act of obtaining a same-sex marriage abroad with lifetime imprisonment.
■Adds a clause which forces friends or family members to report LGBT persons to police within 24-hours of learning about that individual’s homosexuality or face fines or imprisonment of up to three years.
■Adds an extra-territorial and extradition provisions, allowing Uganda to prosecute LGBT Ugandans living abroad.

Well, how fun.

To my gay friends in Uganda, as well as to anyone there who values freedom and justice, I say fight this bill, and fight it hard! Don’t make your country worse!

And to those who support it, I say fuck you. Go die in a fire.

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2 Responses to “Be Happy You Don’t Live in Uganda *”

  1. Pandionna Says:

    Howdy! Clicked through from your comment on Pied Type’s page. You have a very interesting blog here. I like it. I like it a lot. (And yes, The Last King of Scotland was an excellent movie. But yes, WTF on such a stupid bill!)

    • Chris Says:

      I don’t pretend to understand the root cause of this bill, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the bill’s sponsor is either very religious or depends on religious people to reelection.

      And thanks for the compliments! As an internet writer, my ego needs all the stroking it can get! :D


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