The Pink Triangle Trust

News Release – 8 November 2009

Humanists Protest about Religious-Inspired Homophobic Legislation in Uganda

Kenilworth, 8 November 2009 — Prompted by appeals from the Sexual Minorities Uganda Group (SMUG), the UK gay humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust has written a letter of protest to Mrs Joan Rwabyomere, the Ugandan High Commissioner in the UK, concerning Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009.

The PTT letter reads:

We are writing to you to express our great concern and dismay at the proposed anti-gay legislation in Uganda.

As you will be aware, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009 was recently tabled before the Parliament of Uganda. The Bill’s provisions are draconian and among them are:

The existing law has already been employed in an arbitrary way, and the new Bill will greatly exacerbate that effect. There is a continued increase in campaigns of violence and unwarranted arrests of homosexuals.

We regard this sort of bigoted homophobia as a gross violation of the human rights of a sizable minority of the Ugandan population and quite contrary to civilised humanitarian norms.

Please bring our concerns to the attention of the authorities in Uganda.

Yours sincerely,

George Broadhead


George Broadhead commented: “In March this year, American Christians travelled to Uganda for a conference that pledged to ‘wipe out’ homosexuality. Seven months later, a draconian bill has been introduced that pledges to make good on this threat.

“This witch-hunt has all the hallmarks of leading American Christian evangelicals. The Family Life Network, one of America’s most powerful Christian evangelical organisations, seems to have converted Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni to its anti-gay brand of Christianity, and this is the impetus behind the anti-gay crackdown.”

Further information from George Broadhead on 01926 858450.
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