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Religious Rally Against Homosexuality in Uganda

Calls for media censorship, deportation of journalist, arrests, dismissal of academic

A few weeks ago I blogged on the case of Julius Lukyamuzi, a Ugandan who alleges that he suffered years of sexual abuse at the hands of Grace Kitaka, a Pentecostal pastor. Kitaka’s alleged activities were allegedly covered up by Pastor Imelda Kula, one of the country’s most famous Pentecostal preachers. At the end of my piece, I wrote that

If the charges against Kitaka stick, there will hopefully be some questions about why she was not willing to deal with a "scourge" closer to home – and one that could have been dealt with without recourse to supernatural means. However, in the notoriously homophobic Uganda, it is just as likely that a conviction would be used to fuel a panic concerning "gays", rather than to assess the problem of sexual predators among an unaccountable clergy.
{josquote}As with similar anti-gay campaigns in Jerusalem and Moscow, the rally has brought the faiths together...{/josquote}

In fact, I was only half-right; over the past two months Uganda has been rocked – and entertained – by accounts of pastorly misconduct that rival the events of 1987 in the USA. However, the anti-gay backlash has also now come into being:

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Ugandans Hold Anti-Gay Demonstration

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Hundreds of people held an anti-gay protest in Uganda's capital Tuesday, denouncing what they called an "immoral" lifestyle and demanding the deportation of an American journalist writing about gay rights in the deeply conservative country.

Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda, like in most African states, and carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Tuesday's demonstration was the latest in a series of showdowns between religious conservatives and a small, but growing gay rights movement across the continent.

The protesters gathered at a Kampala sports ground holding banners with anti-gay messages and posters demanding the deportation of 22-year-old Katherine Roubos.

Roubos, from Minnetonka, Minn., was assigned to cover gay issues in Uganda as part of a three-month internship with the Daily Monitor newspaper, which is owned by the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of 20 million Ismaili Muslims. The Ismailis are a part of the Shiite community.

Last week, Roubos covered a news conference in Kampala where Uganda's gay community spoke out publicly for the first time. The participants wore masks to hide their identities for fear of recrimination, but asked for Ugandans to respect their rights and allow them to live in dignity.

{josquote}Demonstrators at Tuesday's event, organized by a coalition of Christian, Muslim and Bahai groups, accused Roubos of advocating for gay rights in the country.{/josquote}

Demonstrators at Tuesday's event, organized by a coalition of Christian, Muslim and Bahai groups, accused Roubos of advocating for gay rights in the country. The coalition said it was writing a protest letter to the Aga Khan.

The Ugandan Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Nsaba Buturo, also attended the protest and said the government supported the enforcement of existing anti-gay laws.

"We people of Uganda have values. If this lady cannot respect them then she had better be deported," said Eddie Semakula, a member of the coalition. "She is advocating for the rights of homosexuals in a paper that is read by children even. We must protect our children."

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Uganda Pro-Family Rally: "God loves homos, he hates homosexuality"

KAMPALA, August 21, 2007 ( - Hundreds of people rallied today to protest the recent push by homosexual activists for gay rights in Uganda. Christian groups based their protests on the grounds that homosexuality is immoral, illegal and unhealthy.

The Christian organization Interfaith Rainbow Coalition (IRC) organized the event, bringing together members of different faiths, including the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC), the Bahai Faith, Pentecostal churches and other non-government organizations.

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Churches plan demo against homos (sic)

CHRISTIANS opposed to homosexuality will hold a rally today, just days after gays addressed a news conference for the first time demanding respect for their rights.

Under the umbrella body, Interfaith Rainbow Coalition (IRC), devout Christians will rally against homosexuality, something they say goes counter to Uganda’s morals.

Pastor Martin Sempa, a key organiser of the event, told reporters yesterday that the rally is a direct reaction to the gay community’s quest for equal rights. He said the rally, to be held at the Kyaddondo rugby grounds in Lugogo starting at 9 a.m., would help highlight problems of “victims of homosexuality”.

“Our laws say that homosexuality is a criminal act against the order of nature,” said Pastor Sempa, who also is the head of Makerere Community Church. “It is repugnant to our culture and a health hazard that spreads HIV/Aids.”

The rally theme is, A Call for Action on Behalf of the Victims of Homosexuality. “It is a crisis before us because people are suffering, seeking for justice and are confused of their gender; they do not know what to do after being sodomized and molested,” Pastor Sempa said.

The IRC brings together the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC), the Bahai Faith, Pentecostal churches and faith-based non-government organisations.

Homosexuality is generally frowned upon in Uganda. But by actively denouncing gay Ugandans, Christians, who should be the most tolerant people, are only fanning the discrimination of fellow citizens.

Last week, gays held their first press conference to launch a media campaign advocating their rights. They complained of police brutality, discrimination and difficulties in dealing with HIV/Aids.

Through Sexual Minorities Uganda, a coalition of four Ugandan lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex organisations, the gays demanded: “Let us live in peace.” “To successfully stop HIV/Aids, we must treat every person with the dignity and attention they deserve,” they said.

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Parada Gay da Bahia - Bahia's Gay Pride

Parada Gay da Bahia aconteceu em 03 de Setembro de 2006, mas só agora estamos disponibilizando o vídeo do evento. Esta marcha cidadã aconteceu em Salvador Bahia e contou com a presença de 300 mil pessoas segundo as estimativas da PM e organizadores. O Grupo Gay da Bahia é a entidade responsável pela Parada Gay que congrega as expressivas personalidades da cena GLBT soteropolitana. Participa da Parada Gay artistas, familias que vão assistir e militantes que passam adiante a mensagem de legalidade, normalidade e naturalidade da condição Gay e Lésbica. Enfim, neste vídeo, editado pelo Portal Marccelus, vc terá uma visão lúdica de toda a festa que teve como tema "Homofobia é crime".


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