Target: Simon Lokodo, State Minister of Ethics & Integrity
Goal: Reverse decision to continue violent discrimination against the Ugandan LGBTQ community.
Uganda’s government has announced its intentions to “continue to suppress” public activities of LGBTQ persons. The announcement comes just days after several people were arrested for attending a gay pride event in the country’s capital.
Uganda is notorious for its draconian laws and discrimination toward the LGBTQ community. Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda (and many other African countries), with colonial-era regulations describing homosexuality as “against the order of nature.” Gay rights activists have also frequently reported violence, extortion, and discrimination against the LGBTQ community.
In recent years, Ugandan lawmakers have attempted to introduce bills that would mandate the death penalty for certain homosexual acts. The 21st century has seen multiple victories for the LGBTQ community, but these new comments from the Ugandan government demand immediate condemnation. Sign the petition below to urge Uganda to adopt more progressive and inclusive policies.
Dear Mr. Lokodo,
I am writing to express my serious concern about your recent comments in which you expressed a desire to continue to suppress public activities of LGBTQ persons. Uganda has long been criticized for its outdated policies concerning homosexuality, with draconian laws and multiple reports of discrimination against the LGBTQ community.
At a time when the rest of the world has become more inclusive, Uganda is quickly falling behind. I urge you to reconsider your stance on these issues and adapt more progressive policies.
[Your Name Here]
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