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February 25, 2014
» SFB says: Normally I’d make this a response to a Disqus comment, but I think it deserves more than that. (You can find the post in reference over here.) I’m not asking you to take the blogger seriously. I’m asking you to take the content seriously. Did you click the link? Andy Warner’s comic is a hugely important document and should be taken as such. That’s why I reblogged it.
If you can’t see beyond the source of the content for what the content is, I’m sorry, but that’s a way bigger problem than your opinion of thegayrepublican. Yes, I follow and reblog posts from a guy who thinks Reagan’s the bee’s knees. Oh crap.
This is a real issue, no matter the source. A newspaper published the names of hundreds of gay people in Uganda with the express purpose of outing them to the public. A country just essentially banned people from being gay. That’s a far more important issue than your hangup about some guy’s politics.

I hope that all of my readers can see past their own issues when stuff’s actually hitting the fan. — Ernie @ SFB

» SFB says: Normally I’d make this a response to a Disqus comment, but I think it deserves more than that. (You can find the post in reference over here.) I’m not asking you to take the blogger seriously. I’m asking you to take the content seriously. Did you click the link? Andy Warner’s comic is a hugely important document and should be taken as such. That’s why I reblogged it.

If you can’t see beyond the source of the content for what the content is, I’m sorry, but that’s a way bigger problem than your opinion of thegayrepublican. Yes, I follow and reblog posts from a guy who thinks Reagan’s the bee’s knees. Oh crap.

This is a real issue, no matter the source. A newspaper published the names of hundreds of gay people in Uganda with the express purpose of outing them to the public. A country just essentially banned people from being gay. That’s a far more important issue than your hangup about some guy’s politics.

I hope that all of my readers can see past their own issues when stuff’s actually hitting the fan. — Ernie @ SFB

22:00 // 5 months ago

andywarnercomics:

I’m reblogging this because yesterday Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the anti-gay bill I talked about in this comic into law.

This bill includes LIFE IMPRISONMENT for gay sex. It includes LIFE IMPRISONMENT for being in a gay marriage. The directors of any NGOs (including Sexual Minorities Uganda) found guilty of “promotion of homosexuality” face SEVEN YEARS IN JAIL.

This is the real stuff, people. Many of the folks I drew in this comic were just named directly by a tabloid newspaper and are fearing an imminent witch hunt.

A lot of the blame for this falls squarely on the shoulders of one man, Scott Lively, and his global campaign of homophobia. Please go read the full comic I did last month for the Center for Constitutional Rights that explains their legal case against him.

Actual quote from Scott Lively, from this week: “I would rather the Ugandans had followed the Russian anti-propaganda model which reflects my philosophy of preventing the mainstreaming of homosexuality with the minimum limitation on personal liberties.…”

The CS Monitor has more backstory on this terrible situation, and the Americans who helped stoke the fire.

(via thegayrepublican)

20:11 // 5 months ago
February 24, 2014
Now that this law has been enacted, we are beginning an internal review of our relationship with the Government of Uganda to ensure that all dimensions of our engagement, including assistance programs, uphold our anti-discrimination policies and principles and reflect our values.
Secretary of State John Kerry • Discussing the possibility of reviewing the U.S. relationship with the Ugandan government, after Uganda enacted a law which imposes harsh penalties against homosexuals. The president of the country, Yoweri Museveni, said this in an interview with CNN: “What sort of people are they? I never knew what they were doing. I’ve just been told recently and what they do is terrible. Disgusting.”
18:45 // 5 months ago
December 1, 2012

LGBT activists hope Ugandan parliament adjourns without “kill the gays” bill vote

  • then Weeks ago, Ugandan Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga said that an anti-gay bill being considered by the body (which you may have heard of before) would be passed as “a Christmas gift” to the people of Uganda. Homosexuality is already criminalized in Uganda, but the new bill would impose harsh new penalties, including life imprisonment for “serial offenders” (it used to suggest execution for such acts, though this appears to have been removed).
  • now Uganda’s LGBT population, and those concerned about this human rights battle worldwide, have found a ray of hope. Despite what had been anticipated as an easy pass into law, unrelated strife in the parliament (an explosively contentious bill regarding oil agreements) has forced a two-day shutdown by the aforementioned Speaker Kadaga. When parliament reconvenes, should the oil bill still be the issue before them, and they aren’t able to make progress on it swiftly, the clock could run out without a vote on the anti-gay law — December 14th is their last day in session this year. Which would mean it’s author, MP David Bahati, would have to reintroduce it next year, and start the process over again. source
16:25 // 1 year ago
November 25, 2012

Uganda’s infamous anti-gay legislation looks primed to pass

A dark day for human rights looks imminent in Uganda, as a bill outlawing homosexuality is expected to be passed by parliament sometime in the near future (the parliament’s speaker said they’d pass it as a “Christmas gift" to their constituents). If this sounds familiar, it’s because the bill sparked international attention the last time it was brought forward by its author, MP David Bahati (featured here debating the legislation with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow). Domestically speaking most, but critically not all, voices have condemned the bill, which once provided for the execution of “serial” homosexuals. It’s reported that the death penalty is now off the table, traded for life imprisonment — a truly cold comfort, unless, like Christian fundamentalist radio host Bryan Fischer, one actually cheers this sort of inhumanity, and seeks it on American soil. source 

17:57 // 1 year ago
August 3, 2012
Should his results come back and he is positive, that causes us a lot of worry. So right now, we have resolved that the remaining prisoners will be cuffed on the beds for fear that they might also escape.
Ugandan Ministry of Health commissioner Dr. Jackson Amune • Discussing the escape of a prisoner who may have a case of the Ebola virus — one of 30 being held out of suspicion of having the virus. Despite the earlier WHO reports this morning that the virus was under control, some reporters in the country dispute this. (thanks Patrick deHahn)
14:30 // 1 year ago
8:40 // 1 year ago
July 28, 2012

Ugandan health officials trying to contain fresh Ebola outbreak

  • 13 killed in Ebola virus outbreak in Uganda since late June source

» Emergency health measures in place: One of the most virulent diseases in the world, the Ebola outbreak, centered on the Kibaale district of Uganda, was only confirmed as such recently. This is bad — Ebola has no vaccine and a 90 percent death rate. Most of the deaths are tied to a single family, who contracted the disease at a recent funeral. Seven others have fallen ill due to the disease. (thanks @sorta_like_art)

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16:25 // 1 year ago
April 5, 2012

Does Invisible Children’s “Kony 2012” sequel calm your concerns?

"Beyond Famous" wants to clear up misconceptions: In the month since the release of the first “Kony 2012” video, a lot has happened — extreme hype, massive viralityextreme backlash, widespread questioning, congressional action and a very public mental breakdown. But that hasn’t stopped Invisible Children from trying, and now they’ve released a second clip on the phenomenon, partly an attempt to calm concerns and to more sharply focus on what the charity does in Africa, and partly to continue interest in the story of the Lord’s Resistance Army’s Joseph Kony. Of note: The voice on the video is not that of Jason Russell, who directed and narrated the first clip but was the subject of the TMZ-plastered breakdown. What do you guys think? Does this help calm some of your concerns, or are you still skeptical?

10:58 // 2 years ago
March 22, 2012
Without the Internet and YouTube, [Joseph Kony’s] dastardly deeds would not resonate with politicians. When you get 100 million Americans looking at something, you will get our attention.
Sen. Lindsey Graham • On the effect Kony 2012 has had on lawmakers. Yesterday, over a third of the Senate co-sponsored a bill condemning Kony’s actions; now, Graham and other members of Congress are working on a “bounty bill” to help encourage the capture (or “disappearing,” shall we say) of Kony, the now-infamous Ugandan warlord. Graham’s bosom buddy, John McCain, echoed his colleague’s sentiments, saying that “if not ending up dead, [Kony] could end up in the International Criminal Court, and it’d be a wonderful thing.” Now, there’s been a lot of controversy surrounding Kony 2012 and its creators; however, regardless of what you think of the organization behind the effort, it’s inspiring that something as simple as a YouTube video can actually spur Congress into action. It’s also nice to see Democrats and Republicans agree on something for once.  source (viafollow)
19:06 // 2 years ago