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Freedom and Roam Uganda launches book on myths about homosexuality as Museveni agrees to sign gay bill.
On the day the president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni assented to sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill (AHB), after a group of 14 scientists presented a report that homosexuality is not genetic but a social behavior; Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG) launched a book entitled ‘The Bitter Pill: Unlearning the myths about homosexuality’. The book will fill the information gap that would help to stop the ever increasing level of homophobia, targeted killings and persecution of people suspected to be gay or advocates of LBTI rights in Uganda.
“The bitter pill comes are at an important time when people are hungry for information on homosexuality. It will go a long way to address this information gap. It is important that voices of homosexuals be articulated. Museveni doesn’t need to base his judgment based on some scientists’ report for him to throw out the Bill. This book will give him all the information he needs.” Said Stella Nyanzi; a senior researcher at the Law, Gender and Sexuality Research Project.
There is an urgent need to provide information that would help in educating, sensitizing and empowering the general public about homosexuality to burst the myths about it and thus help in stopping homophobia not only in Uganda but globally. The introduction of the Anti Homosexuality Bill in 2009, with its harsh penalties was a clear indication that even the decision makers and several stake holders did not know the basic facts about homosexuality.
“This is a very valuable book that will educate not only the general public but also the LBTI activist in Uganda. I am very proud of FARUG” Said Hassan Shire; the chairperson East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defender Project.
The 16 chapter book thoroughly explains the meaning of homosexuality and its misconceptions. It brings out the common myths and reveals that homosexuality is not a western invention as well as explaining that homosexuality is a sexual orientation just like heterosexuality. It tackles religion and culture and how the two have been wrongly used to promote hate against homosexuals.
The book also brings out the role of the media in promoting homophobia, testimonies from LBTI people in Uganda and the global picture of homosexuality as well as the best way for ward for the movement in Uganda.
The former executive director of FARUG Kasha Jacqueline encouraged the LGBTI community members to continue writing their stories that will be compiled into a newspaper to be distributed to the general public. This will help shift attitudes towards homosexual.
Freedom and Roam Uganda also celebrated 10years of existence as an organization that strives for the rights and equality of lesbians, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LBTI) persons in Uganda. A book detailing the journey of FARUG (challenges, stories and achievements) and the LGBTI movement in Uganda since 1999 has also been published. Both books will be available on the website (www.faruganda.org) as soon as recommendations from the launch have been incorporated.
For more about the author of the Bitter Pill:
Kato Mukasa is a specialist in entrepreneurship economics and currently is a student of law. Kato has a wealth of expertise in research and writing. He has authored several journals and texts on issues such as homosexuality. The father of four is the founding chairperson of the Humanist Association for Leadership, Equity and Accountability.
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For the doctors’ report on AHB