Museveni threatens to take revenge on his LGBT population

Yoweni MuseveniUgandan dictator Yoweni Museveni spoke to supporters at a private ranch near Allen in Collin County on Sunday, Sept. 21.

One Ugandan that attended described the event as taking place in a “hot, mosquito-filled tent.” He said Museveni threatened to take revenge on his country’s LGBT citizens for his treatment in Dallas.

“I was told that Dallas is full of homosexuals and lesbians,” he reportedly told the people gathered to meet with him. “I didn’t know they were so powerful.”

He mentioned being refused reservations at area hotels after Dallas Voice reported on his plans.

Then came the threats.

“I wish I knew what to do with them,” Museveni said.

And the dictator intent on LGBT genocide said he’d show us what happens to homosexuals when he gets home.

We know Museveni was given a visa to enter the U.S. to attend a U.N. conference this week, but such visas to the U.N. are often restricted to New York City. Our question is, why is a head of state allowed to travel around the U.S. and make veiled threats of murder?

—  David Taffet

Obama administration diverts money from Uganda because of anti-gay law

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni

The White house announced Tuesday it is stationing aircraft in Uganda to support the African Union efforts to save civilian lives in the Central African Republic and South Sudan from the Lord’s Resistance Army. Millions of dollars that was to go to Uganda will be diverted elsewhere, and invitations for Ugandan military and police to travel outside the country have been canceled.

“As we move forward with the deployment of the Ospreys to support the AU, we are cognizant that there are many who share our concerns about Ugandan President Museveni’s recent enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act,” the White House Office of Communications announced in a press release. “Ensuring justice and accountability for human rights violators like the LRA and protecting LGBT rights aren’t mutually exclusive. We can and must do both.”

To counter Museveni enacting the Anti-Homosexuality Act, several steps have been taken.

The Inter-Religious Council of Uganda will continue to receive $2.3 million for direct treatment of 50,000 people with HIV, but will lose $6.4 million in other funding, because its “public stance on homosexuality could foster an atmosphere of discrimination that runs counter to efforts to provide an effective and nondiscriminatory response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”

The U.S. is suspending the start of a survey to estimate the size of key at-risk populations that was to be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Uganda’s Makarere University. Proceeding with the survey could pose a danger to respondents and staff.

Because the law threatens the safety of LGBT tourists in Uganda and the liberty of those who show support for Uganda’s LGBT community, $3 million in funding designated for tourism and biodiversity promotion will be redirected to NGOs working on biodiversity protection.

The Department of Defense-sponsored Africa Air Chiefs Symposium and East Africa Military Intelligence Non-Commissioned Officer course will move to locations outside of Uganda. Invitational travel for Ugandan military and police has been suspended or canceled.

“We continue to look at additional steps we may take, to work to protect LGBT individuals from violence and discrimination, and to urge Uganda to repeal this abhorrent law,” the White House press release said.

—  David Taffet

Anti-gay Ugandan officials meeting at Omni Dallas today

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The Omni Dallas Hotel, site of today’s convention.

A group of anti-gay members of the Ugandan Parliament is in Dallas.

The Eastern Africa Diaspora Business Council and Uganda North America Association are meeting at the Omni Hotel today until 5 p.m.

The guest of honor is Uganda’s Vice President H.E Edward Ssekandi. The delegation includes cabinet ministers and 21 members of the Ugandan Parliament.

For more than a year, the Ugandan Parliament has been considering a “kill the gays” bill condemned by both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama.

The “kill the gays” bill was promoted and sponsored by right-wing American clergy working in Uganda.

DFW International Alliance sent Dallas Voice a list of the Ugandan leaders already in Dallas as of Thursday. Read it below.

—  David Taffet

UPDATED: Tyler pastor now says he’s never read Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ bill

UPDATE: Pastor Dykes is now claiming he has no knowledge of the Ugandan “Kill the Gays” bill, Box Turtle Bulletin reports.

“I’ve never read the bill. I don’t know what the bill says. My whole point was that I think it’s not right for our government to put pressure on any government about their moral decisions,” Dykes said.

ORIGINAL POST:

Tyler Pastor David Dykes was among those in attendance at Pastoral Care Ministries project in Uganda recently. While there, he spoke out about Uganda needing to pass its “Kill the Gays” bill, which would sentence LGBT people to death.

The bill was stalled and wasn’t passed before parliament recessed for the year, despite Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga promising a vote as a “Christmas gift” to Uganda citizens.

Dykes, head of the Green Acres Baptist Church, said pressure from the U.S. to cut funding if the bill passes shouldn’t deter the Ugandan parliament from making the right decision, as churches would step in and provide the funding they would lose from the American government.

“I’m extremely upset that our state department is putting pressure on Uganda to recognize homosexual behavior. And I’m praying that Uganda will say, ‘We don’t want your money, America. It is blood money. It is sin money,’” he said.

“In America, Christians are going to put as much pressure as we can on our government not to cut the aid to Uganda over this issue. But if they do decide to do that, we’ll let our displeasure be known, but we’ll try to step in as the Church in America to try to make up sending resources over here, especially to the churches. We hope to stand alongside the believers of Uganda during this time of crisis.”

Dyke’s interview with NTV Uganda were posted on We Are Here Texas’ blog, along with a response from D. Karen Wilkerson, a board member of Project TAG (Tyler Area Gays).

“I’m horrified by the vitriolic comments coming from the pastor of this large church in my city,” Wilkerson said.

The Tyler community will meet Thursday at University of Texas at Tyler to discuss the Uganda situation.

Watch Dyke’s comments below.

—  Dallasvoice

What’s Brewing: 3rd El Paso suspect arrested

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Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. A third suspect has been arrested in a brutal beating outside a gay nightclub in downtown El Paso on May 7. Ivan Gallardo, 17, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Two other suspects, ages 16 and 19, have also been arrested in connection with the attack outside the Old Plantation, which police say was gang related. The 22-year-old victim, Lionel Martinez, remains in critical condition after suffering a fractured skull and brain swelling. A total of six people reportedly jumped Martinez while he was waiting for a ride, punching him, kicking him and hitting him with a baseball bat. Martinez is straight, but LGBT advocates say it was a hate crime because the suspects were yelling anti-gay slurs, and the FBI is investigating the incident as a possible civil rights violation. Police have increased patrols around the nightclub in the wake of the incident, and an anti-hate crime rally reportedly is planned for next week outside the County Courthouse.

2. Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which calls for the death penalty in some cases, is still alive. The bill is one of three that have been carried over to the new Parliament, which convenes today, after the old Parliament was dissolved without considering them.

3. The Minnesota House is expected to vote today on a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The amendment, which would appear on the 2012 ballot, has already cleared the Senate. On Wednesday the House Rules Committee voted 13-12 to approve the amendment. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton opposes the amendment but cannot veto it.

—  John Wright

Watch: Clips From BBC Documentary on Gays In Uganda

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As reported earlier this week, British radio DJ Scott Mills visited Uganda recently to film a documentary about homosexuality in Uganda called The Worst Place to Be Gay?

Bbc2Mills risked his life when, during an interview, he revealed to David Bahati, the author of that country's "Kill the Gays" bill, that he is gay. The film airs tonight on BBC Three but two compelling clips are now available for viewing.

The first is a two-minute clip of an interview with anti-gay Pentecostal church pastor Solomon Male who insists on telling Mills what he believes the penis and the anus should be used for.

The other is a clip of Mills participating in a ritual with a witch doctor to see if he can turn him straight. It's a long (and filthy) way to go about proving that it doesn't work.

Watch both clips, AFTER THE JUMP.


Towleroad News #gay

—  David Taffet

Did Scott Lively’s homophobic ‘nuclear bomb’ cause a death in Uganda?

crossposted on Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters

Photobucket Last week, anti-gay activist Scott Lively whined in a local Boston newspaper that he is being unfairly criticized for his stances against the lgbt community, including playing a huge role in the creation of the infamous “kill the gays” bill in Uganda.

After an incident in Uganda yesterday, he may want to keep his mouth shut:

An outspoken Ugandan gay activist whose picture recently appeared in an anti-gay newspaper under the headline “Hang Them” was beaten to death in his home, Ugandan police said on Thursday.

David Kato, the activist, was one of the most visible defenders of gay rights in a country so homophobic that government leaders have proposed to execute gay people. Mr. Kato and other gay people in Uganda had recently warned that their lives were endangered, and four months ago a local paper called Rolling Stone published a list of gay people, and Mr. Kato’s face was on the front page.

At press time, the police do not view Kato's murder as a hate crime, but a robbery. However some lgbt activists in Uganda disagree:

Gay activists . . . said Mr. Kato was singled out for his outspoken defense of gay rights. “David’s death is a result of the hatred planted in Uganda by U.S. Evangelicals in 2009,” said Val Kalende, the chairperson of one of Uganda’s gay rights groups, in a statement. “The Ugandan government and the so-called U.S. evangelicals must take responsibility for David’s blood!”

Mrs. Kalende was referring to visits in March 2009 by a group of American evangelicals who held anti-gay rallies and church leaders who authored the anti-gay bill, which is still pending, attended those meetings and said that they had worked with the Americans on their bill.

One of the those activists was Scott Lively He even bragged that the 2009 visits created a “nuclear bomb against the gay agenda in Uganda.”

Kato's death comes almost a month after the arrest of Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa on conspiracy charges. Ssempa, a chief pusher of the country's “Kill the Gays” bill and also for his penchant for showing “scat porn” in church is among eight people  who was either detained or sought after an “alleged conspiracy to injure the reputation of Pastor Robert Kayanja of Rubaga Miracle Centre Cathedral, Kampala.”

Ssempa and eight others had been charged with spreading rumors that Kayanja was gay, which is supposedly a common way to settle political scores in Uganda, but has deadlier implications since the controversy about the anti-gay bill.

The webpage Box Turtle Bulletin said the following:

David Kato was a spokesperson for Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and one of the plaintiffs (or applicants) in the successful lawsuit seeking a permanent injunction against the Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone (no relation to the U.S. publication of the same name). Kato was one of three applicants who had been named by the tabloid under a headline tagged “Hang Them!” His photo appeared on the tabloid’s front cover.

LGBT Ugandans have lived under a menacing atmosphere for more than a decade. The anti-gay hysteria has increased significantly since the introduction of the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill into parliament in 2009. That bill, which remains under review Parliamentary committee, would impose the death penalty on LGBT Ugandans under certain circumstances and criminalize all advocacy by or on behalf of LGBT people. It would also criminalize even knowing someone who is gay if that person fails to report their LGBT loved one to police within 24 hours. Parliamentary elections are scheduled for February 18, and the bill is expected to be considered after Parliament returns for a lame-duck session before the new Parliament begins in May.

Now in all honesty, we do not know the truth behind Kato's murder at the present, so it may be unfair to blame Lively. Certainly he never told people to kill anyone. And according to him, he never agreed with the death penalty facet of the Ugandan anti-gay bill.

But he did fan the flames of hatred towards lgbts in Uganda and that's the funny thing about fanning flames.

They always get out of hand and sooner or later, someone gets burned.
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—  admin

What’s Brewing: Ugandan gay activist murdered; Ark. store unshields magazine; Ted Haggard

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. A prominent opponent of Uganda’s “kill gays” legislation has been beaten to death at his home in the African country, according to Human Rights Watch. Gay activist David Kato’s murder comes a little more than three months after he was outed on the cover of a tabloid magazine that called for him and others to be hanged (above). Then again, violent rhetoric shouldn’t be blamed for murder, right? So this item is probably just another example of “blood libel.”

2. Speaking of magazine covers, Harps Food Stores issued a statement Wednesday saying it has removed a shield that was placed over a magazine cover depicting (gasp!) gay parents at one of its stores in Arkansas. The company says it removed the shield from a US Weekly cover featuring Elton John and his family in response to complaints received at its corporate office. Watch Anderson Cooper discuss the controversy with Dr. Phil below.

3. Disgraced televangelist Ted Haggard says he’s “bisexual” in a new GQ interview but claims he only used the meth he bought from escort Mike Jones for masturbation. C’mon, does Haggard really think he can get into Heaven with that lame excuse?

—  John Wright

Maddow Interviews Uganda Bill Author

MaddowBahatix390 (Screengrab) | Advocate.comRachel Maddow interviewed David Bahati, the Ugandan parliament member who authored the pending bill that would impose the death penalty on gay people.
Advocate.com: Daily News

—  admin

News: Mehcad Brooks, Procrastination, Chuck Hurley, Uganda

Road Gay man married in Connecticut facing deportation to Venezuela.

HurleyRoadLeading Iowa Christian bigot Chuck Hurley calls for laws curbing homosexual acts: "'For millennia every sane culture has had restraints on behavior,' Hurley said. Stable societies have always had restraints on incest and pedophilia, he said, and that should extend to homosexual acts as well."


RoadSponsor of Uganda's "kill the gays" bill says the measure will become law soon:"We are very confident, because this is a piece of legislation that is needed in this country to protect the traditional family here in Africa, and also protect the future of our children."

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RoadWatch: Daniel Radcliffe on The Simpsons.

Osbourne RoadKelly Osbourne: Goldfinger.

RoadNYT: Homophobia vs. Islamophobia.

RoadGold's Gym franchise owner Robert Rowling  stands by donation to Karl Rove SuperPAC: The facts are so distorted. I've never heard one discussion of a social issue. This is all about fiscal sanity. [American Crossroads] supports conservative candidates, and even though those candidates may disagree with them on social issues, the resounding issue is fiscal responsibility." Rowling also owns Omni Hotels.

RoadProcrastination explained.

RoadA thank you letter to Rep. Paul Hodes of New Hampshire regarding the Union-Leader newspaper's refusal to print same-sex marriage announcements.

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Mehcad RoadMehcad Brooks shows off his sex life.

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RoadThe DNC has filed a Freedom of Information Act on likely Presidential nominees for 2012: "The nine Republicans that Democrats are seeking information on are former Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska; former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass.; Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Miss.; Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn.; former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark.; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga.; Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.; Gov. Mitch Daniels, R-Ind.; Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La."

RoadDoña Ana County in New Mexico takes stand against bullying: "The commission OK'd a resolution saying it backs policies and outreach in schools to 'bring about an atmosphere of zero tolerance for bullying behavior,' according to the measure."


Towleroad News #gay

—  admin