United States Outlines Near-Term Steps It Will Take in Response to Uganda's Anti-Gay Law

Buzzfeed reports on the steps that the Obama administration plans to take "immediately" in response to Uganda's anti-gay law:

UgandaMoney will be shifted away from the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda, a group that has publicly come out in support of the anti-gay law and has received millions of dollars in grants from the United States to help fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Some $2.3 million will continue to go to the IRCU to continue treatment for some 50,000 current patients, but an additional $6.4 million intended for the IRCU will go to other organizations.

Second, because the law makes “promoting homosexuality” illegal, a U.S. funded study to help identify populations at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS has been suspended. The study, which was going to be conducted by a Ugandan university and the Center for Disease Control, has been suspended out of fear that both staff and survey respondents could be put in danger.

Third, because any LGBT person or LGBT ally who now enters Uganda is at risk, money intended for tourism programs will be redirected...

And finally, the Department of Defense had several events scheduled in the country later this spring and those will be moved to other locations. “Certain near-term invitational travel” for Ugandan military and police personnel has also been suspended or canceled.

In a recent interview with Towleroad, Ugandan activist Richard Lusimbo discussed the impact the cutting of foreign aid would have on the LGBT population of Uganda:

“If aid is just cut in general terms, the local person is going to suffer. This includes LGBTI people. It will promote the isolation of the LGBTI community and we will continue to be marginalized. People like David Bahati that have been promoting homophobia are going to go on the radio and say, ‘Look, people are dying because of the homosexuals. We can’t have medicine in hospitals because of homosexuals. We can’t have good water because of homosexuals.’ These are government responsibilities but because our economy hasn’t reached a point where President Museveni can support this, we are still depending on foreign aid.”

Lusimbo added: “We need to look at sectors where the government will feel a direct pinch. If that funding that the US gives to the army, if that were stopped, then that would have a direct effect. Donor countries should rethink and go back to the drawing table and look at how they could actually fund.”

The concern is if aid is cut due to the anti-homosexuality bill, the pinch could have a trickle down effect on Ugandan taxpayers, Lusimbo said. “We have seen billions disappear in scandals. The money sent through the prime ministers office to support the development of Northern Uganda, didn’t go to any work, it was just swindled away. Ugandan taxpayers money was used to pay it back.”

What do you think of the near-term U.S. steps in reaction to the Ugandan law?

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  1. They are no where near enough and more action by the U.S. needs to be taken. ALL funding for EVERY program should be stopped. ALL travel to/from Uganda should be stopped. Nothing from the U.S. should be granted to Uganda. Any gay Ugandan citizen should immediately be able to apply through the U.S. Embassy to migrate to the U.S.

    Nothing less. Uganda needs to be isolated from the rest of the world.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Mar 24, 2014 11:56:25 AM


  2. Finally some good comes out of the Obama administration

    Posted by: Eric | Mar 24, 2014 1:15:47 PM


  3. Excuse me Eric!!! Where have you been hiding!!! NO President has been as GAY friendly as Obama! You would have wante Romney instead???

    Posted by: saunakarhu | Mar 24, 2014 3:03:08 PM


  4. "It will promote the isolation of the LGBTI community "

    Lusimbo fails to recognize that LGBTI people are already isolated, and are only saved from the death penalty though action by outside governments.

    I favor elimination of all aid to Uganda. The Ugandan people can easily get funding restored by demanding their government rescind laws against LGBTI people. If they hate LGTBI people more than they love their own families, that's on them, not anyone else.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 24, 2014 6:15:11 PM


  5. I think the more specific the targeting with where to stop funding is, the better it will work.

    Who's to say that homosexuals won't be blamed for the cinching off of funds. It seems like the government is basically using homosexuals as a scapegoat (sort of like what I've heard in Russia).

    Good article, though.

    Posted by: Todd | Mar 24, 2014 7:32:04 PM


  6. Okay . . . so after missionaries have been doing their thing in Uganda (and Africa in general) for a few centuries, these American Bible-bangers show up one day and tell Ugandans that Jesus want them to kill some people--and the Ugandans actually buy it!!!?

    What I want to know is: WHAT IN HELL HAD THE MISSIONARIES BEEN TELLING UGANDANS ABOUT JESUS?
    I realize that interpretations of Christ's teachings vary a great deal.
    However, there's sufficient consensus regarding the central message that when some d-bag insists that the Prince of Peace wants you to eff some guys up, anyone with even a passing acquaintance with the Gospels should be aware that said d-bag has no freaking idea what he's talking about. So why didn't the Ugandans notice?
    Religious schools teach the most absurd things here in the US. Can you imagine what claptrap they've been foisting on students in missionary schools?

    Posted by: MollyNYC | Mar 24, 2014 8:35:27 PM


  7. May their country burn and their children starve from the hate and ignorance.

    Posted by: Skooter McGoo | Mar 25, 2014 1:47:48 AM


  8. We should put on an embargo against Uganda. Just look how quickly the one against Cuba got rid of Castro. Oh wait....

    "The money sent through the prime ministers office to support the development of Northern Uganda, didn’t go to any work, it was just swindled away."

    Lemme guess, President Museveni pulled an Obama and promised it would all go to "shovel-ready" projects, right?

    Posted by: TKinSC | Mar 25, 2014 5:35:51 AM


  9. @ Eric: take a look at this:


    The

    Obama

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    Commitment

    to

    Winning

    the

    Future

    for

    the

    LGBT

    Community

    The Obama Administration has taken decisive actions and made historic strides to advance Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual and Transgender equality and strengthen LGBT families and communities, and continues to do so. Some of these accomplishments include:
    Preventing bullying and hate crimes against LGBT Americans

    President Obama signs the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law -- thefirst federal civil rights legislation to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”

    President Obama, Vice President Biden and other Administration officials record “It Gets Better” videos toaddress the issue of bullying and suicide among LGBT teens

    The President and First Lady Michelle Obama host the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention

    The Department of Education issues guidance to support educators in combating bullying in schools byclarifying when student bullying may violate federal education anti-discrimination laws
    Supporting LGBT families

    Following a directive from the President, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requires allhospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds to allow visitation rights and medical decision making rightsto LGBT patients

    HHS creates the National Resource Center for LGBT Elders

    The Department of Labor clarifies that the Family Medical Leave Act ensures that LGBT federal employeescan care for sick family members

    The State Department clarifies that transgender applicants can obtain, under certain conditions, passportsthat accurately reflect their gender

    The Justice Department clarifies that persons with HIV and persons with AIDS are covered by the Americanswith Disabilities Act and that it would be illegal to exclude them from occupational training and state licensing

    The Justice Department issues a memo stating that federal prosecutors should enforce criminal provisions inthe Violence Against Women Act in cases involving gay and lesbian relationships

    HHS’s Administration for Children and Families issues a memorandum to ensure that LGBT and questioningyouth in foster care are protected and supported

    The US Interagency Council on Homelessness releases “Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Preventand End Homelessness,” the nation’s first comprehensive strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness,including LGBT homeless youth

    The Obama Administration works to ensure that the Census provides a fair and accurate count of allAmericans, including LGBT couples
    Ensuring equal access to housing for LGBT families

    The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announces the first ever national study ofdiscrimination in housing against LGBT persons

    HUD proposes new regulations to ensure that housing programs are open to all persons regardless of sexualorientation or gender identity

    HUD requires grant applicants to comply with state and local anti-discrimination laws


    Supporting LGBT health

    President Obama releases the first-ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy

    President Obama urges Americans to get tested for HIV

    President Obama signs the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act

    HHS issues recommendations to improve the health and well-being of LGBT communities

    Despite challenging budgetary times, the President’s Fiscal Year 2012 Budget not only maintains, butincreases domestic HIV/AIDS funding
    Supporting job creation among LGBT-owned businesses

    The Department of Commerce signs a Memorandum of Understanding with National Gay and LesbianChamber of Commerce to support federal contracting and exporting
    Setting precedents in hiring and benefits for LGBT Americans

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announces that gender identity is a prohibited basis ofdiscrimination in federal employment

    President Obama expands federal benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees

    OPM allows same-sex domestic partners to apply for long-term care insurance

    President Obama sends the first U.S. Executive branch official to testify in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) before Congress

    President Obama continues to appoint LGBT Americans to positions at every level throughout hisAdministration
    Repealing the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Law

    President Obama signs the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010, which will allow gay, lesbian andbisexual Americans to serve openly and with integrity
    Providing global leadership on LGBT issues

    The U.S. lifts the discriminatory entry ban for individuals with HIV

    President Obama and his administration play active roles in protecting LGBT populations in Uganda,Honduras, Malawi and other countries

    The U.S. leads an effort at the United Nations resulting in 85 countries supporting a resolution to end violenceand human rights violations related to sexual orientation and gender identity

    The White House announces major three-year investment in combating global AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria
    Honoring LGBT history

    President Obama honors the 40
    th
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    President Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to Harvey Milk and Billie Jean King
    Supporting LGBT Progress

    President Obama has called for the Congressional repeal of the discriminatory “Defense of Marriage Act” andhas announced that in his view, Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional

    President Obama also continues to support legislation that would directly impact the LGBT community,including an inclusive ENDA and the Domestic Partners Benefits and Obligations Act

    President Obama believes that all students should be safe and healthy and learn in environments free fromdiscrimination, bullying and harassment; that we must ensure adoption rights for all couples and individuals,regardless of their sexual orientation; and that Americans with partners from other countries should not befaced with a painful choice between staying with their partner or staying in their country

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    Supporting LGBT families

    Following a directive from the President, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requires allhospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds to allow visitation rights and medical decision making rightsto LGBT patients

    HHS creates the National Resource Center for LGBT Elders

    The Department of Labor clarifies that the Family Medical Leave Act ensures that LGBT federal employeescan care for sick family members

    The State Department clarifies that transgender applicants can obtain, under certain conditions, passportsthat accurately reflect their gender

    The Justice Department clarifies that persons with HIV and persons with AIDS are covered by the Americanswith Disabilities Act and that it would be illegal to exclude them from occupational training and state licensing

    The Justice Department issues a memo stating that federal prosecutors should enforce criminal provisions inthe Violence Against Women Act in cases involving gay and lesbian relationships

    HHS’s Administration for Children and Families issues a memorandum to ensure that LGBT and questioningyouth in foster care are protected and supported

    The US Interagency Council on Homelessness releases “Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Preventand End Homelessness,” the nation’s first comprehensive strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness,including LGBT homeless youth

    The Obama Administration works to ensure that the Census provides a fair and accurate count of allAmericans, including LGBT couples
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    The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announces the first ever national study ofdiscrimination in housing against LGBT persons

    HUD proposes new regulations to ensure that housing programs are open to all persons regardless of sexualorientation or gender identity

    HUD requires grant applicants to comply with state and local anti-discrimination laws


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    President Obama urges Americans to get tested for HIV

    President Obama signs the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act

    HHS issues recommendations to improve the health and well-being of LGBT communities

    Despite challenging budgetary times, the President’s Fiscal Year 2012 Budget not only maintains, butincreases domestic HIV/AIDS funding
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    OPM allows same-sex domestic partners to apply for long-term care insurance

    President Obama sends the first U.S. Executive branch official to testify in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) before Congress

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    Repealing the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Law

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    President Obama and his administration play active roles in protecting LGBT populations in Uganda,Honduras, Malawi and other countries

    The U.S. leads an effort at the United Nations resulting in 85 countries supporting a resolution to end violenceand human rights violations related to sexual orientation and gender identity

    The White House announces major three-year investment in combating global AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria
    Honoring LGBT history

    President Obama honors the 40
    th
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    President Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to Harvey Milk and Billie Jean King
    Supporting LGBT Progress

    President Obama has called for the Congressional repeal of the discriminatory “Defense of Marriage Act” andhas announced that in his view, Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional

    President Obama also continues to support legislation that would directly impact the LGBT community,including an inclusive ENDA and the Domestic Partners Benefits and Obligations Act

    President Obama believes that all students should be safe and healthy and learn in environments free fromdiscrimination, bullying and harassment; that we must ensure adoption rights for all couples and individuals,regardless of their sexual orientation; and that Americans with partners from other countries should not befaced with a painful choice between staying with their partner or staying in their country

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