Ugandan Gay Activists to Lobby Kampala Inter Parlimentary Union Meeting

Published: March 5, 2012

Ugandan gay rights activists want delegates to the 126th Inter-Parliamentary Union summit in Kampala, set for March 31 to April 5, 2012 to condemn the recently re-introduced Anti Homosexuality Bill 2009.

The activists have started consultations on how to lobby member countries of the Union to prevail of Uganda government to drop the infamous bill which seeks the death penalty for homosexuals.

Amongst those expected to attend the meeting is US Congresswoman Barbara Lee the Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on HIV/Aids and a vice-chair of the congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

The LGBT Equality Caucus’ mission is to work for LGBT rights, the repeal of laws discriminatory against LGBT persons, the elimination of hate-motivated violence and improved health and well-being for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

The caucus serves as a resource for Members of Congress, their staffs, and the public on LGBT issues. The LGBT Equality Caucus admits any member who is willing to advance LGBT rights, regardless of their sexual identity or orientation.

Another expected guest to the IPU meeting will be Jan Logie, a newly elected New Zealand Green [Party] MP who happens to be a lesbian.

While Logie realises there is probably very little a visiting NZ MP can do to usefully support local SOGI activists a statement from activists in New Zealand says if there’s any way she can be helpful, Ugandan activists can contact her directly on jan.logie@parliament.govt.nz

In the short time Logie ahs been in parliament she’s questioned the New Zealand Minister of Corrections about safety for trans people in prison; opposed local government attempts to undermine NZ’s decriminalised prostitution; and spoken out against right-wing welfare reforms.

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