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‘PRIDE: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights in Uganda’

Magdalena Rocha

Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm CST December 8

Location: Niemann Media Theater, Hedberg Library

Join us from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8 in the Niemann Media Theater to discuss the current crisis for LGBT+ individuals in Uganda, particularly in regards to the Anti-Homosexuality bill and the influence of American Evangelicals in leading the violence. We’ll also watch an educational video from the lawyer who tried to take down Scott Lively, one of the Americans who influenced the original bill. After the screening, we will have a short discussion addressing any questions from the videos, as well as possible solutions, and what we can do to help groups fighting against the violence in Uganda.

The fight for LGBT+ rights has largely been marketed as a mainly Western concern. In the United States, people tend not to look for (or plainly see) many of the struggles of LGBT+ individuals outside of our own borders — particularly when LGBT+ individuals struggle to fight for human rights back home as well. However, when looking for the importance of these movements back home, it helps not only to remember the past atrocities against LGBT+ individuals in our own society, but to also look at the atrocities currently happening elsewhere (and perhaps even do something to make a global change in these issues). 

Uganda is a prime example. Anti-LGBT+ rhetoric has permeated Ugandan society, largely due to western influence from colonization and the work of American Evangelicals proselytizing the region. Due to this ingrained prejudice, systematic violence, and oppression against LGBT+ individuals is found in every aspect of Ugandan society. These prejudices culminated in the Anti-Homosexuality Act (promoted and designed with influence from American Evangelicals) in which the first act called for the death penalty for “repeat offenders” of homosexual acts. While this sparked outrage in the international community, the Ugandan government responded with pride that their country would go against the West to keep a “pure” and unified Uganda. The bill did not pass due to a technicality, but the Ugandan parliament is working to reintroduce it within the next few years.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Magdalena Rocha.

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Location: Niemann Media Theater, Hedberg Library