Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill is dead

The international community for months has been focused on a bill in the Ugandan parliament that would have added further penalization to homosexuality in the country, including making it a crime punishable by death.

Lori had a breakdown of the bill last week and it’s likely movement. The bill didn’t appear on the agenda as it was slated to do, and now, it appears the bill has expired, meaning it’s dead for now.

This is a definite victory, and it’s likely that international pressure from groups like Avaaz and Amnesty International helped to prevent this bill from becoming a reality. But the situation for gays and lesbians in Uganda remains challenging. Homosexuality is still illegal there, not to mention the recent violence against gay and lesbian activists.

Via Autostraddle

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  • http://feministing.com/members/azure156/ Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

    This is a relief to hear.