Apr 092013
 
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Kasha- the Heroine

Kasha Nabagesera   Fears for Her Life in Uganda Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera is a lesbian who spend the night in a different house in fear of her life.  Kasha lives in Uganda where homosexual acts are illegal and can be punished by long jail terms.  Recently, she was awarded the prestigious Martin Ennals rights award that is made up of ten organizations. The Martin Ennals Award has become the award of the whole international human rights movement because it is given by a world coalition of top human rights organisations. Kasha is the founder of the gay rights organization, Freedom and Roam Uganda and has appeared on national television of behalf of the gay community.  She frequently issues press statements and has received many death threats. Homophobia is rampant in Uganda.  In 2009, a Member of Parliament proposed the death penalty for ‘aggrevated homosexuality’ which it defined as one of the participants is a minor, HIV-positive, disabled or a ‘serial offender.’ Another example of blatant and dangerous homophobia can be placed at the feet of an Ugandan newspaper, “Rolling Stone” that published photographs of several people that it said were gay, with the headline, “Hang Them.”   One of the photos was of David Kato, a colleague of Kasha and an outspoken advocate of gay rights. Three months after his picture was published in Rolling Stone, David was murdered.  Even David’s funeral had to be invaded with disrespectful homophobia yelled out by two evangelical ministers.   Money is funnelled into Africa by American Fundamentalists who are constant in their use of certain scriptural scripts that condemn homosexuality.  It seems they forget the words of the Gospel of John, “God is Love,” and somehow overlook Jesus’ statements to ‘love one another.’

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