Some clergy in Uganda join forces to protect LGBTI people

Published: February 13, 2013

Clergy and lay people seeking safety and protection for LGBTI people in Uganda will gather tomorrow, Feb. 14, for the third annual Standing on the Side of Love conference in Kampala.
The Rev. Mark Kiyimba

The Rev. Mark Kiyimba

The focus of this year’s conference will be:

    Safety and protection of LGBTI human rights defenders in Uganda.
    Formation of a national pro-LGBTI religious leaders forum.
    The status of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in parliament.

The Rev. Mark Kiyimba of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Uganda is campaign manager of the Standing on Side of Love Project in Uganda.

The most outspoken clergy in Uganda tend to seek increased penalties for LGBTI people rather than protection for them. The Church of Uganda (Anglican) and many evangelical Protestant churches have been active supporters of the Anti-Homosexuality bill, which earned the label “Kill the Gays” bill because at least its original version (and the current version, many say) provided for the death penalty for repeat offenders.

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