Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Uganda's Cabinet Wants the AntiGay Bill Withdrawn!

Let's hope these are the news we have been waiting for. Could it be that David Bahati's hand has finally been forced to drop his controversial bill? Uganda's 8th Parliament has about one month of life left before its session ends and the 9th Parliament begins its mandate. In the past, David Bahati has stated that he is determined to see these laws passes to "protect Ugandan children from being recruited into the homosexual lifestyle.

The Monitor's Sheila Naturinda reported the following:

Wednesday, April 13 2011 at 00:00
A Cabinet sub-committee formed to study the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2010 and report back to Cabinet, yesterday added a spin into the Bill and called for its withdrawal.

In a closed-door meeting with Mr David Bahati, the mover of the Bill, the sub-committee said some of the penalties proposed in the Bill could be catered for by the Penal Code Act and the yet-to-come Sexual Offences Bill.

Sources, who attended the meeting, said the sub-committee, chaired by First Deputy Premier Eriya Kategaya, suggested that if Mr Bahati did not mind a lot, he could withdraw the Bill. “They said Cabinet doesn’t agree with the death penalty which the Bill proposes,” a source, who cannot be named because they are not authorised to speak on behalf of Cabinet, said. “They asked Bahati to drop the Bill if he doesn’t care much.”

Sources also said Mr Bahati went with Commissioners Denis Obua and Justine Lumumba and MPs Beatrice Lagada, Wilfred Niwagaba and Fred Nkaayi. Mr Bahati acknowledged meeting the subcommittee but refuted claims that he had been asked to withdraw the Bill. “The meeting was purposed to build a win-win situation so that we improve on the Bill but we continue upholding the values of our country.”

Early last year after meeting Cabinet over the Bill, Mr Bahati said he was willing to amend the proposed law but “without putting the values of the country at risk”. The sub-committee was set up by President Museveni after pressure from the US and other countries in Europe to drop the Bill.

I have been urging everyone I know to write letters to the Ugandan Parliament and went as far as creating a website to make this all possible. Now I urge you to write the Cabinet Ministers to thank them and to encourage them to do the right thing by making absolutely sure the anti-gay legislation is history.

Near the top of the page, Under "Late Breaking News," I placed a gray box with a link containing all the Cabinet email addresses. Copy and paste these as a block into your email. Please do this as soon as possible. and a big THANK YOU to all who have sent emails. UGANDAURGENTACTION.COM

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I Googled it but gave up trying to find the author of this quote sent to me by a friend.

I would have given the person credit. Honest.

Beautiful Quotes

If you are right then there is no need to get angry
And if you are wrong then you don't have any right to get angry.

Patience with family is love,
Patience with others is respect,
Patience with self is confidence, and
Patience with GOD is faith.

Never Think Hard about the PAST,
It brings Tears...
Don't Think more about FUTURE,
It brings Fears...
Live this Moment with a Smile,
It brings Cheers!

Every test in our life makes us bitter or better,
Every problem comes to us either makes us or breaks us,
Choice is ours whether we become victim or victorious!

Search a beautiful heart not a beautiful face.
Beautiful things are not always good
but good things are always beautiful.