Uganda: Things Go From Bad to Worse

Written by scott on February 25th, 2014

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After President Museveni signed the anti gay bill yesterday, things have gotten rapidly worse for the country’s LGBT community.

Museveni, in addition to signing the bill, had some seriously f*cked up things to say about gays.

Pink News reports:

He said: “I have failed to understand that you can fail to be attracted to all these beautiful women and be attracted to a man.”

“That is a really serious matter. There is something really wrong with you,” he said. “Homosexuals are actually mercenaries. They are heterosexual people but because of money they say they are homosexuals. These are prostitutes because of money,” he said, asserting that he had taken the time to get scientific advice before signing off on the law.

No study has shown you can be homosexual by nature. That man can choose to love a man… is a matter of choice. After listening to the scientists, I got the facts. Can somebody be homosexual simply by nature? The answer is no.”

Describing oral sex as a “culture”, and the mouth as an “address”, he went on to say that it was “engineered for kissing”, and that the mouth was not meant for oral sex. He said: “One of the cultures that we detest is oral sex. The mouth is for picking food, not for sex. We know the address for sex. That address is not for sex,” he said. “The mouth is for eating not for sex. The mouth is engineered for kissing. It is not healthy. You can contract STDs. You push the mouth there, you can come back with worms and they enter your stomach because that is a wrong address. You can also contract Hepatitis B.”

Blaming the West for the presence of gay people in Uganda, he said “arrogant and careless Western groups” had been “coming in our schools and recruiting homosexuals into homosexuality and lesbianism“.

How do you respond to this level of ignorance, bigotry and idiocy? I’m seriously at a loss for words.

The law’s repercussions are starting to spread across the country.

The Advocate reports:

At least one gay person has been killed in Uganda since the nation’s president signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law Monday, imposing lifetime prison sentences for certain LGBT people and criminalizing anyone who supports LGBT equality or “promotes homosexuality.” Ugandan LGBT activists report that a suspected gay couple was attacked after a local tabloid published the names of 200 LGBT people labeled by the tabloid as “Uganda’s Top Homos.” One of the people was killed in the attack, while other prominent LGBT activists have gone into hiding to avoid becoming victims themselves.

Meanwhile, the arrests have begin too.

SDGLN reports:

Onziema, the gay activist, told AP that he had counted up to six arrests and said that more than a dozen Ugandan homosexuals had fled the country since December over safety concerns. Nicholas Opiyo, a Ugandan lawyer who runs a rights watchdog group called Chapter Four, predicted Tuesday that the new law would make life worse for Ugandan gays. “The enactment of the anti-homosexuality bill has only emboldened the … population in their rejection of anybody perceived to be gay or even friendly to gays,” he told AP. “These things are going to continue. They are going to get more frequent.”

The UN Chief is demanding that Uganda repeal the law.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday demanded that Uganda revise or repeal the law imposing prison sentences for the “crime” of homosexuality, adding to the growing international criticism of the measure signed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday. UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said Ban cautioned that the law could fuel prejudice and encourage harassment against LGBT people, but offered UN support “for constructive dialogue.”

Norway is reducing its aid to Uganda.

Dot429 reports:

Norway has become the first country to impose consequences on Uganda for the enacting of its extremely harsh Anti-Homosexual Bill; on the grounds that the country is violating fundamental human rights, the government of Norway has announced it will withhold aid to Uganda until further notice. Since 1986, when its current president Yoweri Museveni came to power, Uganda has been the recipient of about 400 million kroner (about $73,694,800 USD) from Norway annually; according to Norwegian news site The Local, rather than cut aid entirely, Norway will lessen the aid by 50 million kroner (about $9,211,850).

The Netherlands and Denmark are making similar moves. Towleroad.com reports:

Three countries have made moves restricting AID to Uganda after President Museveni’s signing of the anti-gay bill, Al Jazeera reports: The Netherlands froze a $9.6m subsidy to Uganda’s legal system, arguing that “if the judiciary is to enforce such laws, we do not wish to assist that process”. Denmark and Norway said they would redirect around $8.5m each in government aid towards private sector initiatives, aid agencies and rights organisations.

South Africa’s ruling party, on the other hand, blocked a move to condemn Uganda.

O-blog-dee-o-blog-da reports:

Mamba Online, a South African Blog reports as follows: The DA says that the ANC blocked its motion in Parliament on Tuesday to condemn the Anti-Homosexuality Bill signed into law by Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni on Monday. According to Sandy Kalyan, DA Deputy Chief Whip, ANC MPs heckled her when she raised the issue in the House, “illustrating their brazen insensitivity if not support for this shocking measure.” She said that the ANC in Parliament did not seek to propose any amendments to the motion but rejected it “in its entirety.”

Queerty notes that a simple Google search would have answered President Museveni’s questions about homosexuality, had be been serious.

According to Museveni, Ugandan scientists have told him that a person’s sexual orientation is a choice that can be affected by environment. No word on exactly who those scientists are, whether the actually believe that to be true, or if they even exist. If we had to guess, we would guess that it’s a case of experts just saying what they think powerful elected officials want to hear, whether it’s true or not. We wanted to give Museveni the benefit of the doubt. But clearly, he was not interested in what scientists really think. If he’d bothered to do a simple Google search, this is what he would have found.

Hit the link above to see the results.

It’s a terrible, terrible thing Uganda is doing to its LGBT community, and what’s just as sad is that they were encouraged, aided and abetted by US evangelicals intent on spreading their anti-gay views around the world.

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