Uganda reintroduces Anti-Gay Bill

According to Ms. Magazine, an anti-gay bill has been reintroduced in Uganda by David Bahati, a member of the Ugandan Parliament.

In 2009, when the bill was first introduced, it called “for the death penalty in cases of ‘aggrevated homosexuality,’ for engaging in same sex relations with someone who is HIV positive and life imprisonment for having sex with someone of the same sex.”

Bahati is willing to eliminate the death penalty provision.

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill was dropped from Parliament’s agenda in May because it was condemned by the president, Secretary of State, members of Congress and human rights groups.

Recently, tensions have risen in Uganda, and gay people have been the target. Fearing for their lives, Ugandans have fled to Kenya.

Many countries in Africa have made being gay illegal. South Africa is the exception, since it recognizes gay marriage.

For more information on Ugandans fleeing to Kenya read this.

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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