Today is Pride.
On Thursday and Friday I attended the first Xchange summer school. The 2 day event brought speakers and participants together to talk about social change in Northern Ireland, and particularly sought to reframe the starting points for conversations. Our topics were the Arts, the Media, Liberties and History. I gave short input on Liberties from an LGBT perspective.
Full text of the legal petition against the Anti Homosexuality Bill in Uganda linked here, as well as the welcome statement from former Ugandan Vice-President Dr. Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe.
International Women's day is a good day to honour Kasha Jacqueline. Yesterday, she began a process challenging the constitutionality of the Anti Homosexuality Bill. Today, and every day, is a good day to honour her bravery, courage and truth telling.
Here’s a link to the full text of Uganda’s Anti Homosexuality Act, 2014 signed into Ugandan law today by President Museveni.
So the Ugandan parliament has passed a slightly amended version of the anti-gay bill. Where before the bill punished ‘aggravated homosexuality’ was punishable by the death penalty, the amended bill, which passed, legislates for life imprisonment. The original bill (2009) can be read here. What has passed this week is slightly amended.