* unless you do, in which case, damn! Sorry. 😦
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.
■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.