Congressional Briefing on Violence Against Sexual Minorities in Uganda

Congressional Briefing
Violence Against Sexual Minorities in Uganda
Friday, February 11, 2011
10:00am - 11:00am
2168 RHOB

Join TransAfrica Forum, Sexual Minorities in Uganda (SMUG), the Global Justice Institute, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and Council for Global Equality for a congressional briefing about the ongoing violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Uganda.

In October 2010, a Ugandan newspaper published the names and addresses of suspected members of the LGBT community under the banner, "Hang Them." Three months later, on January 26th, David Kato, a Ugandan LGBT activist named in the article, was murdered. His death is only the most recent example of hate and intolerance in a long and escalating history of violence against gays in Africa. An anti-homosexual bill pending in the Ugandan Parliament, which calls for life imprisonment, and even the death penalty in some cases, of LGBT people has incited increased violence and hatred. The bill goes so far as to provide for the imprisonment of anyone, including heterosexual people, who fail to report within 24 hours the identities of everyone they know who is LGBT.

Learn more about the hostile environment in Uganda, its impact throughout Africa, and what the United States can do to respond. Panelists will include:

  • Frank Mugisha, Sexual Minorities in Uganda (SMUG)
  • Pastor Joseph Tolton, Global Justice Institute
  • Nicole Lee, TransAfrica Forum
  • Cary Alan Johnson, Executive Director, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
  • Jasper Hendricks, National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)

"We have to join together to fight the international forces that are pushing this horrific legislation and encouraging violence," says Nicole Lee, President of TransAfrica Forum. "We have to form partnerships in this country to stop the Ugandan legislation and all other efforts to make being LGBT a crime."

For more information, contact Joia Jefferson Nuri, Chief of Staff, TransAfrica Forum, jnuri@transafricaforum.org or cell 240-603-7905.

Sincerely,

Tammy Baldwin, Member of Congress
Barney Frank, Member of Congress
Jared Polis, Member of Congress
David Cicilline, Member of Congress
Donald Payne, Member of Congress