Two Important Sign-On Campaigns: Anti-LGBT Legislation in Uganda and Nigeria

Published: February 4, 2014

Please find below two important sign-on campaigns regarding the Anti -Homosexuality Bill in Uganda and the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act in Nigeria. If you have not yet done so, we urge you to read and sign-on to the campaigns below. 

  
 
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Open Letter from Public Health Clinicians, Researchers, and Academics Regarding Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill
 
 Drafted for endorsement by clinicians, academics, scientists, and researchers working in public health, this open letter responds to recent debates by Uganda’s President and other politicians in Uganda regarding the science and evidence around sexual orientation. Ugandan advocates have asked for solidarity from the international community in describing what the science says regarding LGBT sexual orientations and regarding the likely public health impact of the Bill. The letter will be delivered to the President and widely circulated on February 5th, just before the President’s political party begins to debate the issue on February 6th. 
 
Read the full letter at http://www.msmgf.org/index.cfm/id/11/aid/8711/langID/1/. 
 Endorsements should be sent to: defeattheahb@gmail.com and received by 7 AM Kampala time (EAT, which is GMT +3) Wednesday February 5 2014. 
 
Key Actions for Global Donors to Respond Effectively to the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act in Nigeria
 
 Following Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s signing of the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act in January, the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) joined with the Initiative for Equal Rights (TIER) and the International Center on Advocacy for the Right to Health (ICARH) to issue a series of recommendations for key actions to be taken by global HIV donors, including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund. Recommendations include establishing an emergency task force to prevent human rights violations against LGBT people and reprogramming grant funds to provide safe spaces for LGBT people, expand access to legal services, and implement violence mitigation interventions.
 
Read the full letter and sign on at http://www.msmgf.org/index.cfm/id/65/alert_id/20/.
  
 
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