Before I get into the meat of this article, let me begin by saying that you will find my normal sense of humor and my sarcastic style of writing elsewhere. This is not the time or the place for either - I want everyone to be aware of what is going on in Uganda right now, and I want to be blunt about it. There is nothing funny about the Anti-Homosexual Bill being considered by the Ugandan Parliament.
Perhaps you don't know about it. Perhaps you know it by another name. Don't be fooled by its rather G-rated government title - there's a reason that the Anti-Homosexual Bill is also known as the "Kill the Gays" Bill.
If it passes, LGBT members of the Ugandan community will not be safe, nor will people that defend them, harbor them, or associate themselves with them. Box Turtle Bulletin has the information, complete with a bunch of lovely, educational hyperlinks:
The Anti-Homosexuality Bill would, in its current form, bring the death penalty or life imprisonment for gay people, and would endanger everyone else with lengthy prison terms for either knowing, providing services, or defending them. A complete clause-by-clause examination of the bill’s nineteen clauses begins here, and our examination of the numerous false reports that the death penalty has been removed is here. A description of the Parliamentary process is here; with the Anti-Homosexuality Bill now at step “C.” If the bill is passed by Parliament, the Uganda Constitution spells out these options before the bill becomes law.
This is very dangerous, folks. Regardless about how you feel towards the LGBT community, I think everyone can agree that this bill is harsh, unnecessary, and terrifying. It bears a chilling resemblance to the actions of the Third Reich during World War II, and it has to be stopped immediately. I don't think I need to warn anyone of the dangers that innocent human beings would face if this bill passes.
Take a few minutes out of your day and educate yourself about this bill, then share that knowledge with someone. Start a conversation, get a dialogue going. Let the leaders of Uganda know that ignorance of this scale will not be tolerated by the rest of the world.
Don't let them pass this bill. Please.
I'm not sure how old this is, but here's the link to a Change.org petition you could sign to show your support for the Ugandan LGBT community. Out of date or not, your signature can't hurt.