Discussing human rights and freedom for GLBT people of Uganda
Saturday, August 20th at 7pm, The First Unitarian Church of Omaha at 3114 Harney Street, will present Rev. Mark Kiyimba to discuss human rights and freedoms for the GLBT people of Uganda.
The Rev. Mark Kiyimba fled Uganda in March, fearing for his safety after becoming an outspoken opponent of the proposed anti-homosexuality legislation in that East African country.
Kiyimba's upcoming appearance in Omaha on August 20th is significant because of recent activities such as the HRC Equality Tour that will be in Omaha the same week and the upcoming Omaha City Council debate on Council Member Ben Gray’s effort to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression included as protected classes in the city of Omaha.
October of 2009 the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was submitted for approval by Uganda Parliament. If enacted, it would broaden the criminalization of homosexuality by introducing the death penalty for people who have previous convictions, are HIV-positive, or engage in sexual acts with people of the same sex or with those under 18 years of age. The bill also includes provisions for Ugandans who engage in same-sex sexual relations outside of Uganda, asserting that they may be extradited for punishment back to Uganda, and includes penalties for individuals, companies, media organizations, or non-governmental organizations that support LGBT rights.
This event is supported by other area churches and the Standing On the Side of Love human rights campaign. Desserts and light refreshments will be served in the social hall following. All are welcome to this free event.