Target: Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni
Goal: Do not use unjustified science to criminalize homosexuality
Recently, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni stated that he would pass the unjust ‘Anti-Homosexuality Bill’ if “…[he got] confirmation from scientists that this condition is not genetic, but a behavior that is acquired…” In record time, Ugandan scientists partnered up with members of parliament to conduct studies that claimed to prove homosexuality was not only socially acquired, but curable.
This groundbreaking update comes as a shock to many LGBT activists and members living in Uganda who felt President Museveni put himself up against a losing battle. Studies over time have concluded that homosexuality, in some individuals, is linked to a sophisticated genetic makeup involving the quantity of X & Y chromosomes. Although there is no one ‘gay gene’, medical reports are available that support the complexities of sexual orientation but also reveal the influence of biology and environment on homosexual orientation. Because of Uganda’s lack of information, the proposed ‘scientists,’ backed by support from anti-gay political parties, are likely to influence President Museveni’s decision.
The team of scientists has made ridiculous claims stressing that gay people can be ‘turned straight’ if individuals with medical backgrounds are allowed to intervene. What better way to perpetuate homophobia than the systematic imprisonment of homosexuals, against their will, to conduct inhumane and belittling ‘tests.’
With this new, unjustified scientific information, coupled with an increase in anti-gay witch hunts, homosexuals in Uganda are living in absolute fear for their lives and the lives of their families and loved ones. Sign the petition to urge President Museveni to throw out the so-called ‘evidence’ found by Ugandan ‘scientists’ and get the facts straight on homosexuality.
Dear President Museveni,
It took Ugandan scientists, with ties to anti-gay politics, might I add, less than a week to compile a report that claims homosexuality to be ‘socially acquired’ and, worse yet, curable. Not only have these men acted in haste, but with extreme cruelty and hate for a topic and a group of people they’ve made no effort to understand.
Studies have been conducted since the 90s that suggest an eye-opening link between homosexuality and genetics — studies that your ‘scientists’ have chosen to openly ignore. Clearly, Uganda lacks access to modern scientific information and holds tightly to draconian ways. Because of this, gay Ugandans fear for their lives, the lives of their partners and families in your hateful effort to eradicate homosexuality from your country in the most barbaric way.
Human rights should not be an inferior discipline in your country. And, if you’d pay attention, you’d realize the progress other countries are making towards tolerance and acceptance. Sexual orientation, as complicated and intricate as it is, should not be acceptably ruled as ‘acquired’ by a team of homophobic men out to exterminate gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered Ugandans from the country.
Please reconsider the adverse ramifications of such a bill being passed as law and understand that you are tampering with innocent lives.
[Your Name Here]
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