What has happened in Uganda and Nigeria this Christmas is a tragedy for those who are trapped by unjust laws, singled out to be scapegoats by hatred and bigotry. Everything must be done now to draw good people in Africa and elsewhere towards the honorable side of history.
If truth be told, Mandela's advocacy has shown very little light even in his country. South Africa has a serious problem with its LGBTQ population, and especially with lesbians. And its method to remedy its "problem" with lesbians is "corrective rape."
As we focus our immediate efforts on the Olympics and Russia, we should remain mindful of the numerous other nations in which LGBT people face even greater, life-threatening persecution and devise strategies to impact their nations as well.
Rather than argue that my film is persecuting them, evangelicals should speak out against violence and intolerance. I encourage evangelical Christian leaders to embrace the heroes of my film, who are in fact faith leaders who are spreading a Christian message.
We came to realize that the international media coverage of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill was only telling half the story: Most reports were dominated by a narrative of victimization that portrayed Kampala's LGBT people as powerless. This was at odds with what we saw in Uganda.
The culture war in Uganda over LGBT rights is a double-binded problem: a struggle over the hegemony of fundamentalism and a fog behind which a power grab for the nation's oil reserves and natural wealth can take place.
This week I talked with filmmaker Tim McCarthy about his new film project, Voices of the Abasiyazzi: Creating Allies, which he's producing with Pepe Julian Onziema. The concept is to film LGBT Ugandans sharing their lives with their clanspeople in their own languages and cultural traditions.
Ellen Chademana was in the worst place you could be in her home country of Zimbabwe: the Harare Central Remand Prison. The rotting jail was dark and overcrowded, with no toilets or running water. Her offense? Her work with Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ).
Directed by Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams, the documentary examines the relationship between American evangelical churches, their missionaries and anti-gay laws in Africa, like Uganda's so-called "kill the gays" bill.
Ms. Kadaga is wielding the power of the axe. She is stirring this debate intentionally. And she could end it. But does the advancement of Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill or its implementation constitute genocide or a crime against humanity? A strong case can be made that it does.
Flanked by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, pop star Ricky Martin and LGBT rights defenders from around the world, South African hit maker Yvonne Chaka Chaka didn't mince words on Tuesday during a major LGBT rights panel at the UN in honor of Human Rights Day.
The belligerent rhetoric directed at anyone who does not seem straight is neither innovative nor specific to Uganda. For years politicians and pundits from the U.S. to Malawi have spread the notion that gay people "recruit" children and that pedophilia and homosexuality are linked.
American cities must add refugee assistance to particular city agencies' responsibilities. We cannot simply wait for LGBT asylum seekers to wander into a community center and then scramble to find homestays, food and legal assistance. But community-based groups need to be involved.
This repressive measure was born out of American Christian fundamentalism and corrupt politicians using anti-gay campaigns to divert attention from their own misrule. But how do these regimes survive? The U.S. government pours billions of your tax dollars into Uganda.
It is incredibly important that news outlets and advocates fighting for the human rights of gays and lesbians see Uganda's so-called "kill the gays" bill before reporting or believing that the bill no longer includes the death penalty. Until we see the bill, we must assume the worst.
First introduced by a member of the Ugandan Parliament in 2009, this hateful bill is a grave threat to LGBT people and organizations in Uganda. It also undermines all in that country who wish to build a robust civil society based on rights.