Over the weekend a friend I follow on Facebook mentioned a gay activist in Uganda named Frank Mugisha, and I remembered a brilliant article written by Mugisha about year ago where he talks about his struggles as a gay person in Uganda. His article is also timely to what's happening right now, again, in Uganda.
Mugisha wrote this last year...
That being said, I was starting to feel as though there were reasons to be positive and to hope for change. The abominable Anti-Homosexuality Act, about which I wrote for the Guardian in 2014, was later rescinded. Our close community of activists committed to improving the lives of LGBTI Ugandans is vibrant and as strong a movement as it has ever been. Some of us have even received global recognition for our work. And so Uganda Pride 2016 was set to be a long overdue celebration of our hard work and resilience.
He then goes on to talk about the horrible things that happened during that Pride celebration. You can check this out here. As I said, it's a brilliant piece about what life is like for some LGBT people.
With that said, here's what been going on recently in Uganda:
Uganda’s government has vowed to bring back a bill that would punish homosexuality and the promotion of LGBTI issues with jail time.
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, who wished to pass a ‘Kill The Gays’ bill in 2014, has called on legislators to pass a new law. Homosexuality is already punishable by up to seven years.
Evidently, in some parts of the world the struggle is even more intense than ever, and we should all be aware of it.
Here's the rest.
Angela Merkel and Gay Marriage In Germany
This seriously bothers me. I see people praising Angela Merkel all the time on social media without even realizing how anti-gay marriage she's always been. You can do a simple search for that, and it's even mentioned in this article to which I'm linking.
However, this bothers me even more.
Merkel seems prepared to have the Social Democrats (SPD), the German Liberal Democrats, and the Greens have an ‘in conscience’ vote for or against the marriage.
‘I want to focus the discussion in a direction that is conscious decision-making, rather than wanting to impose anything,’ she said.
This statement marks a significant change on her position about the topic. In 2013, the Chancellor opposed it fearing the ‘good of the children’ if there were same-sex couples.
How Merkel manages to get so much praise passes me by.
There's more here.
Johnny Weir's Horrible Divorce
Although this article doesn't mention it, I'll always remember Johnny Weir as the guy who went to Russia and called LGBT activists idiots.
Weir is back in the news...sort of...and he's talking about his divorce. It's an interesting follow up for anyone who was following Weir back then.
Champion figure skater Johnny Weir is speaking out about his ‘terrible divorce’ from Victor Voronov in 2014.
Voronov had gone on the syndicated US show Inside Edition and accused Weir of a host of things from biting him to marrying him to provide fodder for a reality show.
Here's the rest of it.
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