At its most basic level, the recent legislation is a violation of the sovereign principle that healthcare is a human right. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote from jail in 1963 that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
As a community -- whether that means LGBT or of a particular city/town -- we can stand up and make our voices heard. Whether you live in Denver or Dublin, London or Newark, we can stand in solidarity with our Ugandan brethren.
Lest anyone suggest discrimination in the United States is benign in comparison to what has unfolded in Uganda, we should take a closer look at the pain and suffering -- and yes, the hatred -- laws like these fuel.
I have never been to Uganda, but I have been to Arizona, and now I am not wanted in either, apparently. It's not because I am white, or because I am American, or because I make darn-good money and could contribute to tourism. Rather, I'm not wanted because I'm gay.
We know the path to equality is an uneven course, which is why we, along with our many partners, work tirelessly in more than 170 countries around the world.
It's sometimes hard to believe that the year is 2014. For all of our advances, tech developments, innovations, achievements and progress, we are watching elected officials enact laws and propose others that are simply unbelievable.
The new discourse within the gay community should be one of a right to sexual autonomy, and unadulterated acceptance of one's sexuality.
The madness never stops, but we can pull back from it on occasion to count our blessings. That is a luxury our brothers and sisters in Sochi and Lagos and Kampala might like to taste.
While you and I may disagree on the nature of homosexuality, Mr. President, I know we can agree that the bill before you now would violate the God-given dignity of too many Ugandans.
How many times have you heard someone ask, "Is everybody choosing to be gay these days?" Why, now that you mention it, my dear keen observer of universal truth, yes! And because of that, I now quit being gay! That's right, y'all. The jig is up.
I have partaken of American excesses in the past and will likely do so in the future, but not today, not yesterday and not tomorrow. My mind is on other things.
Our message should be one that brings hope, not shame. That's why I'm turning the five events below into opportunities for growth in the coming new year. Here are five things I hope for Christians in 2014.
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.
Currently playing in select theaters, Kuchu is about the battle for gay rights in Uganda, and centers around its most vocal activist, David Kato, the country's first openly gay man.
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.