Skip to main content

Hey, if I pay you big bucks, will you become gay? Isn't this a stupid question?

This is what the anti-gay forces in Uganda want you to believe, that 'minority groups' are recruiting students to be gay by paying them 800,000 Ugandan Shillings ($340).

Here is how a tabloid in Uganda reported it on April 6, 2011:

Makerere students paid Shs800,000 to join homos

Published on April 6, 2011 by The Razor Newspaper   

It may sound bizarre, but Makerere University students are being lured into homosexuality by minority groups. Parliament heard yesterday that they are being paid an attractive monthly allowance of Shs800,000. Derrick Waiswa, a student leader at Makekere University, yesterday petitioned Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee chairman Stephen Tashobya in his office at Parliament demanding that the House expedite debating the Homosexuality Bill 2009 so that it is passed into law to save the situation.
“Mr Chairman, I am a concerned Ugandan citizen because I know that, in the near future, I will become a parent and I am worried that my children will be recruited to be homosexuals. If the Bill is not debated and passed, I am worried that the future of Ugandan children is at stake,” said Waiswa.
Waiswa, who heads the Coalition of Concerned Youth Against Homosexuality at Makerere University, wondered why Parliament was taking so long to debate the Bill – two years after it was tabled on the floor of the House and less than a month before the Eighth Parliament expires.
“Mr Chairman, I have evidence that you are under pressure from the gay groups and donors not to pass the Bill. I have seen emails from the pro-gay activists threatening MPs not to pass the Bill. Is that why you have taken long to debate and pass the Bill?” asked Waiswa.
Waiswa said that last semester he received two cases of students who were successfully lured to join gay groups and has been urging fellow students to keep alert as the numbers seem to be growing. He did not disclose names of the already recruited students.

All these claims remain unsubstantiated. Who are the minority groups? Who has been "recruited?" Given the unbelievably hostile anti-gay sentiment in Uganda, who can possibly accept these "recruitment" claims? The implication is that common Ugandans are so greedy for material benefits, they will sell themselves to these mysterious minority groups, even when this could result in incarceration, discrimination— yeah, right. I'm sorry, I give the average Ugandan more credit than this.

No one can be recruited into "homosexuality" any more than you can be recruited to change your race. How absurd to continue using the scare tactic that claims that gays are out to recruit your children.

Ask any gay person if they were recruited and they will laugh in your face at the stupidity of the question. From childhood, and even before puberty--they will tell you--they knew they were 'different' because they found themselves attracted to individuals of their own sex.

They will also tell you that they prayed to God to make them 'normal' and to fix the problem. They will tell you that despite all their efforts to conform to society's binary definition of sexuality, they were not able to change their orientation. And finally, they will tell you that being gay is the last thing they would wish on anyone, including their enemies. Though I'm sure many gays fantasize at the thought the David Bahati and Pastor Ssempa will one day be exposed for being gay, which given the vitriolic rhetoric, it would not surprise a lot of people. Many outspoken anti-gay persons have been known to fight their own 'demon' by first attacking those who they wish not to be like. But I digress.

I challenge all Ugandans to Google and read the Yogykarta Principles, and begin discussing GLBT issues as mature, open-minded persons who respect the basic human rights of all. Put aside your dogma based hatred and help build a more compassionate society for you and your children.

Lisa Salazar, Canada

Popular posts from this blog

Behind the scenes of "Ask a transgender Christian"

A young woman I greatly admire is Rachel Held Evans. She is an amazing author, blogger, speaker, wife, mother and a seriously articulate Evangelical Christian who is not afraid to enter into conversations that would make many others run and hide in their little dogma houses.

Earlier in September of 2012, Rachel contacted me to see if I would be willing to be interviewed as part of her popular blog series titled "AKS A…" Would I be willing to be the target for "Ask a Transgender Christian?"My new friend Justin Lee, executive director of the Gay Christian Network (GCN) and author of the soon to be released book"Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate" suggested me as the person to ask. (In the same way, Justin is the person Rachel chose for the "Ask a Gay Christian" interview.

Having followed Rachel for several months, my initial reaction to her email was one of disbelief and trepidation, given the level of intellectual and t…

Cats and dogs seem to matter more to the ruling BC Liberals than trans persons.

The Apparent Hypocrisy of British Columbia’s Elected Liberal Government
The same week that Transgender advocates and allies stood in front of the BC Legislature in support of the introduction of a private member’s bill aimed at protecting the rights of transgender people, the BC Liberal Government announced an order-in-council that adopts the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Codes of Practice for both kennel and cat breeding.

Indeed, this is very good news for dogs and cats in British Columbia.
Yet, this same Government has sat intentionally on it’s laurels, refusing to pass an exact version of the “trans rights bill” on three previous occasions. This is the fourth time the Honourable Spencer Chandra Herbert, MLA for Vancouver-West End, introduces this bill. The bill would amend the BC Human Rights Code (BCHRC) to include “gender identity and gender expression.”
Having “gender identity and gender expression” included in the BCHRC will afford increased protection, safety, and …

Witnessing a Birth of Sorts

When the moment to start life anew comes, it usually happens in the quietness of one's spirit. Yesterday, February 21, 2012 will mark the moment my friend Tori took that step in the most unassuming way.

In 1999, about the time I was being assessed and diagnosed at the Vancouver Hospital's Gender Clinic, I made a couple of calls to a support group in the area. Their brochure listed a phone number and stated calls could be made on Thursday nights if you needed to speak to someone, otherwise you could leave a message and someone would get back to you. The woman who answered was friendly and explained the purpose of the group an how one would go about attending their meetings and other events. Membership was reserved for those who had been vetted and approved by the membership committee. Confidentiality and security of personal information was very high on the group's priority list.

Given the group's stated purposed was to provide a safe place for heterosexual men to cross…