Frank Mugisha, the director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, a gay rights group, said anti-gay sentiment in Uganda has increased since the bill’s introduction. More gays are being harassed, he said, because of media attention and because church leaders have been preaching for the bill’s passage to congregations.
Bahati’s original bill carried harsh provisions. The original bill would mandate a death sentence for active homosexuals living with HIV or in cases of same-sex rape. “Serial offenders” also could face capital punishment, but the legislation did not define the term. Anyone convicted of a homosexual act would face life imprisonment.
Anyone who “aids, abets, counsels or procures another to engage of acts of homosexuality” would face seven years in prison. Landlords who rent rooms or homes to homosexuals also could get seven years.
“If the bill passes we cannot even be allowed to do our work,” Mugisha said.
The fallout continues over the late Dr. Manning Marable’s controversial autobiography of Malcolm X. The controversy in question is a comparatively small section of the book in question, “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention” that speculates the late Civil Rights icon may have been “gay for pay” back in his hustler days. Malcolm’s daughter, IIaysah Shabazz, recently spoke to NPR’s Michele Martin on “Tell Me More”, and the discussion went from tense to downright hostile after several questions about the allegations.
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Historically black colleges to convene on LGBT issues. Facilitating Campus Climates of Pluralism, Inclusivity & Progressive Change at HBCUs” opens with Beverly Daniel Tatum, Spelman’s president, and state Rep. Simone Bell, the first openly lesbian African American elected to a state legislature.