GLAAD’s Religion, Faith & Values program works to elevate LGBT-affirming voices of faith in mainstream, regional, and community media. The presidential inauguration went forward without Pastor Louie Giglio. Meanwhile, faith leaders are speaking out for LGBT equality across the country.
Uganda's "Kill the Gays" bill did not pass by the end of 2012, but it may be taken up again when the legislature reconvenes in February 2013. An LGBT advocate has been arrested for "acts of homosexuality" and has spent several days in jail. Leaders from Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) are gearing up for a January 7, when they will try to prevent Scott Lively from having their case against him dismissed. Lively's 2009 anti-LGBT conference in Uganda sparked worsening conditions for LGBT Ugandans.
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.
GLAAD's Religion, Faith & Values program works to elevate LGBT-affirming voices of faith in mainstream, regional, and community media. This week we highlight Archbishop Desmond Tutu's support for LGBT people in Uganda, support for LGBT students at a Nazarene school, and a secret Parisian LGBT-friendly mosque.