Target: Iganga S.S.
Goal: Condemn school for expelling 20 teenagers because they were alleged to be lesbians
Twenty girls from a Uganda school called Iganga S.S. have been expelled, over allegations that they were lesbians. A recent bill passed in Uganda makes it illegal to be homosexual or even promote the idea. The law has created a homophobic and destructive atmosphere, as clubs and organizations geared towards helping this minority group could be shut down and the directors sent to prison. If convicted of homosexuality, victims face a life sentence in prison.
The 20 girls who were expelled from Iganga S.S. were accused of “recruiting” other girls to lesbianism. Another source claims that the girls “formed a ‘society’ on campus where they regularly met to discuss how to ‘convince’ more students to practice the ‘act of lesbianism.’” The school’s staff acted accordingly because they feared they would be “questioned on why the girls were realizing lesbians existed, and did not want the parents to blame the school.” Fearful that the staff would be charged with homosexuality, they expelled the girls.
It is obvious that their expulsion will negatively impact these girls, four of whom are only 11 years old. These girls will not only have to find new schools, but cope with the consequences of their expulsion. Sign this petition to condemn the school for ruining these girls’ education and supporting a law that punishes those who are homosexual.
Dear Iganga S.S.,
It has come to my attention that twenty girls from your school have been recently expelled due to allegations that they ‘practice lesbianism.’ Four of these girls are only eleven years old, and yet all of them have lost their right to an education. Even if these girls formed a society where they spoke about homosexuality, this act should not be condemned. These girls have a right to speak of these topics and form groups to discuss it.
I realize that a bill in parliament is criminalizing homosexuality, and could place those convicted in prison for life. This sentence is obscenely harsh and creates a negative atmosphere for not only adults, but children as well. As a school, you should be tolerant of all sexual orientations, not just one. You are teaching these girls that it is wrong to be homosexual, or even be curious about homosexuality. I hope you realize the amount of damage you’ve caused in in their lives, and how it’s lending support to such a destructive law.
[Your Name Here]
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