Fighting “kill the gays” bigotry

Submitted by Matthew on 20 June, 2012 - 9:32

On Friday 15 June, LGBT rights activists staged a determined demonstration outside the Uganda High Commission in London.

The rally, organised by the Movement for Justice, was protesting the UK’s deportation of Ugandan LGBT asylum seekers and the revival of the notorious “kill the gays” anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda.

Protestors cheered when news came through that 22-year-old Ugandan lesbian Linda Nakibuuke had won her appeal for refugee status in the UK. Linda had been detained since 11 April by the UK Border Agency who planned to deport her despite being told that she had been tortured for being a lesbian in Uganda.

LGBT asylum seekers face arrest, violence, torture or even death if deported back to Uganda.

Last week, the Uganda Joint Christian Council called on the Ugandan Parliament to push ahead with the anti-homosexuality law to prevent what they called “an attack on the Bible and the institution of marriage”.

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