Ugandan Frank Mugisha in NYT: Fight for Gay Rights About More than Marriage

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    Dec 23, 2011 10:30 PM GMT
    Ugandan LGBT activist Frank Mugisha, with whom I had the privilege to meet and pray at Creating Change in Minneapolis, compares fighting for gay rights in his country to ours in a guest commentary in the New York Times.

    Uganda's leadership, which is considering a bill that would make homosexuality a capital offense, asserts that being gay was "imported" from the West and that gay men "recruit children". David Bahati, a member of parliament for whom the "kill-the-gays bill" is named, has used this argument when defending the bill, including on the Rachel Maddow show earlier this year.

    Bahati is friendly with US evangelicals including Scott Lively and Rick "The Purpose-Driven Life" Warren, and attended the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. The Americans made several "mission trips" to Uganda, after which the same anti-gay rhetoric used by the religious right in this country could be heard from Ugandan pulpits.

    LGBT activists including Mushiga and The Right Rev. Christopher Senyonjo, a retired bishop whom I also got to meet last year, are struggling to raise awareness about the proposed bill and the plight of LGBT Ugandans in general.
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    Dec 24, 2011 1:58 AM GMT
    I had better get there fast!