Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will be in Irving this weekend, and several members of the Ugandan community are calling on the LGBT community for help in protesting his appearance here.
Museveni’s government has passed anti-LGBT legislation, better known as the “Kill the Gays bill,” that criminalizes not just being gay but protecting family members or friends who are gay. Uganda even asserts the right to extradite gay Ugandans from other countries.
The law was declared unconstitutional on a technicality in August, but was immediately reintroduced in the Ugandan Parliament.
The legislation was originally proposed by American “Christian” pastors, including David Dykes from Tyler.
Museveni will be staying at the Four Seasons Hotel on MacArthur Boulevard in Irving. He will attend a morning service at Irving Convention Center, 500 West Las Colinas Blvd., Irving at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21 and will address the meeting at 5 p.m.
Museveni is in Dallas to promote tourism and look for investors in his country’s oil and gas industry. Irving is a perfect location: ExxonMobil world headquarters are just blocks away.
Several members of the Ugandan community asked members of the LGBT community to join them protesting Museveni and the genocide he has repeatedly threatened to unleash on the gay community. They will meet at the Irving Convention Center on Sunday at 10 a.m. and at 5 p.m.