As gay men and lesbians in the United States fret over whether the Supreme Court will affirm the humanity and dignity of same-sex couples by granting them the right to marry, Roger Jean-Claude Mbédé frets for his life.
The members of Uganda’s parliament are on vacation now, and won’t be coming back to work until February. It might not be much, given the threat hanging over them, but during those two months, L.G.B.T. Ugandans can rest a little easier.
There’s something about media that lowers our defenses and makes it easier for us to learn, to accept, to connect. Yet, when we talk about “pushing for change”, we often leave out how much media and pop culture–and the narratives they depict we can relate to–humanize issues, and ultimately influence the people we love (and hope to be loved by).
An appeals court on Monday upheld a three-year sentence against a man found guilty of homosexual conduct for sending a text message to another man saying: "I'm very much in love with you." Activists said the court's ruling in Yaounde, the capital, marked yet another setback for gays and lesbians in Cameroon, widely viewed as the most repressive country in Africa when it comes to prosecuting same-sex couples. Jean-Claude Roger Mbede, 32, had been provisionally released on bail in July after serving a year and a half in prison.
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Last week, Uganda’s parliament adjourned for the year without taking up the “Kill the Gays Bill.” Additionally, President Yoweri Museveni has now said that LGBT people should not be killed or persecuted. But this is only a temporary respite.
Speaker Kadaga was out of Uganda, and not pushing the draconian legislation. She was at the Vatican. While there, Speaker Kadaga was able to have a personal audience with the Pope, where she received a blessing.