The New Civil Rights Movement reported that “President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda recently signed Uganda‘s Anti-Homosexuality Bill (AHB) into law. The bill mandates life in prison for acts of “aggravated homosexuality” and provides for long prison sentences for anyone who supports the civil rights of LGBT people or offers them aid. It also calls for jail time for those who suspect someone of being gay and does not report them to authorities within hours.”
My mind is swirling with thoughts. Will parents turn in their children whom they suspect of being gay? What about teachers, friends? What will this do to the thousands of LGBT people who are already afraid of their government to also fear their own families; those they thought would always love and protect them. It breaks my heart just thinking about it. And my heart aches, not just for the innocent LGBT people of Uganda but for all their friends and families who do support them.
For the parents and friends who love and support their LGBT children and friends, what a predicament this puts them in. Not only is it illegal to be gay, it’s illegal to not tell. God, it reminds me of Nazi Germany. What is this world coming to? I feel so helpless, so small in this fight for equality for the people in Uganda who deserve to live free AND deserve the love and support of their parents, families and friends. We are making such strides in this country and losing them abroad.
Learn more about Susan.