On this day 17th May 2013, Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG), joins the international community to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).
IDAHOT was created to draw attention to harmful homophobia and Transphobia and promote a world of tolerance, respect awareness and freedom, regardless of one’s sexual orientation and gender identity.
In the past, FARUG has always gathered members, lit candles and celebrated the lives of those who have been prosecuted and killed while selflessly fighting for the rights of sexual minorities the world over. Today, however, no special events have been planned but we shall join the rest of LGBTI organizations in Uganda and celebrate at a later date which will be communicated.
The respect of sexual rights is a part guaranteeing human rights for all. There have been allegations and claims of recruitment and promotion of homosexuality which has formed a backdrop on which religious fundamentalists have built their case against homosexuality in Uganda.
Homosexuality is deemed alien in our culture. Fundamentalists both from Uganda and the United States seek to introduce draconian provisions reinforcing Uganda’s already existing prohibitions on consensual same sex relations as stipulated in the penal code section 145 and the constitution, thus The Anti Homosexuality Bill (AHB) which they claim will protect families, children culture and religious purity. The Bill is harsh and even calls for the death penalty for crime of aggravated homosexuality.
Any attempt to denounce the Bill either by gay/human rights activists in Uganda or from the western world has been met with severe backlash with religious fundamentalists and politicians baying for ‘gay blood.’ Homosexuality is completely different from sexual abuse by perverted and mentally deranged men who sexually molest young boys and girls. It shouldn’t be equated to pedophilia, bestiality or robbery.
Uganda ratified many human rights treaties including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. At the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) 2012, the government of Uganda committed to investigate hate crimes towards people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity…we demand that they do so. Many of our members have been rapped, harassed, beaten and imprisoned because of who they love or how they are dressed and such crimes go unpunished.
We condemn the repeated violence, brutality and discrimination. The struggle towards a society in which the freedom rights and equality of LGBTI persons are guaranteed and there is no discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, still continues.
“It is our duty to fight for our FREEDOM.
It is our duty to WIN,
We must LOVE each other and SUPPORT one another,
We have nothing to lose but our CHAINS” SHAKUR ASSATA
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