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Obama Calls Uganda Anti-Gay Bill “Odious”

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At last week’s National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama took the opportunity to finally say something about the Uganda bill we’ve talked about on Akimbo before.  While it’s not the strong condemnation we would like, it is a step beyond the previous White House statement, which registered opposition without much context.  President Obama said the following […]

An Update on Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill

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In November, we encouraged you to join us in protesting a proposed anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda that threatened to punish gays with the death penalty. Here, we offer an update on the status of that bill from our Africa Program and partners, with more information at the end of the post about what you can […]

Report Back: Rally Against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

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A small but dedicated crowd of activists, journalists, and clergy from New York and the surrounding area showed up at the Uganda House at 12:30 yesterday afternoon to protest the anti-homosexuality bill currently under consideration in the Ugandan parliament. Many of the protesters carried signs decrying the bill, and amid shouts of “gay rights are […]

Take a Stand: Rally Against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill Thursday

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We’ve gotten wind of some important happenings this Thursday: rallies at the Ugandan Consulate in New York and the Ugandan Embassy in DC to protest the anti-homosexuality law currently under consideration in the Ugandan parliament. LGBQ rights in Uganda face enough threats as it is.“Carnal knowledge against the order of nature” is already criminalized in […]

New Guidelines on Comprehensive Sexuality Education Promote Health, Draw Controversy

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This summer, a draft of International Guidelines on Sexuality Education by the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) became available online. Since then, the guidelines have generated controversy from conservatives who claim they’re too explicit. A week ago, the New York Times even published an article implying that the international criticism had the […]

Lithuanian Parliament Adopts Discriminatory Censorship Law

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Yesterday, the Lithuanian Parliament adopted a discriminatory law designed to ban information about sexuality in schools, the media, or any public places where it “could be seen by minors.” The Parliament overturned a previous presidential veto of the law with a vote of 87-6. This broad-ranging law has major implications on the rights of LGBTQQI youth in Lithuania, […]