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    Posted December 12, 2012 by
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    I'm Scared: Ugandan LGBT Activist

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     theoyes covered the 26th annual International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Association's conference in Stockholm, Sweden, on December 12. He says Ugandans attending the conference were demanding that the Ugandan parliament drop the Anti-homosexuality bill, which criminalizes same-sex relationships. He explains that the LGBT community is not only rejected in Uganda, but the community is also ostracized. '[Opio] is scared because the resurrection of the "anti-homosexuality" bill will not only affect him personally, but also people around him who would be fined for felony, if they don't report him to the police,' he said.
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    This remark came from a Ugandan young gay man who came to attend the 26th annual International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Association's conference which was opened here in Stockholm, Sweden late in the afternoon today ( 12/12/2012). Opio Sam who is an LGBT activist worried that if the anti-homosexuality bill is re-introduced as planned next year and enacted by the parliamentarians, it will affect not only him personally but also family members, friends and all people around him if they don't report him to the police. According to this bill people, Sam said, people who know certain homosexuals in their community but failed to report the person/s to the police will be jailed up to 7 years and fined 5 million Shillings. Another Ugandan activist and a church leader who received Clinton Global Citizen Award at the Clinton Global Initiative last September dispelled the claim homosexuality as something un-African and un-christian. Bishop Christopher underlined that heterosexuality is not the only sexuality in the world. Secretary General of Amnesty International, Prime Minister of Sweden, Vice President of Argentina, Officials of the ILGA and its sub-regional offices around the world were at the opening ceremony. over 400 members of the LGBT communities and human right activists from nearly 140 countries will be discussing issues such as sexuality, gender, HIV/AIDS, discrimination, racism, LGBT asylum seekers, rights to sex change, same sex marriage and other human rights matters at this meeting which lasts until December 16th 2012. The Argentinian President was given an award from ILGA for being the first South American country for introducing same-sex marriage. The conference was organized by the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights.

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