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"It hurts my family when my child goes to school and is converted into gay...when the purpose of procreation is undermined," said David Bahati, a prominent Ugandan politician. In fact, Bahati has made no secret of the fact he would like to "kill every last gay person."
Unfortunately, the sentiment presented by David Bahati is highly representative of the overall attitude in Uganda — so much so that an "Anti-Homosexuality Bill" has reemerged in Uganda and is again circulating in parliament that makes being gay a crime worthy of a harsh prison sentence or death.
The fact is, most of the world seems to be coming closer to widespread acknowledgement of homosexuality; or at least closer to the recognition that all people deserve equal rights. And with so much suffering in the world, this is Uganda's chance to help bring relief to its citizens.
Write to the Ugandan parliament urging it to shift its focus onto issues that matter.
President Yoweri Museveni:
I am writing about a sensitive subject in hopes of preserving the basic human rights of millions of people on this planet.
I understand that there is a formidable anti-gay sentiment in Uganda at the moment, largely instigated by a prominent member of parliament named David Bahati. Bahati has gone so far as to claim that all homosexuals should be killed. An anti-homosexuality bill is also making its way through parliament again. Even some ultra-conservative Americans have traveled to the country to help inspire the legislation.
While I respect your right to opinion, I must respectfully assert that everyone, regardless of race, religion, or sexuality, deserves to be treated with dignity. Whether you agree with homosexuality or not does not preclude you from simply letting these people live their lives in peace.
I urge you to remove the anti-gay bill from circulation and to begin shifting Uganda's focus on issues that matter more, such as hunger, drought, and sexual trafficking.
Thank you for your time and consideration.