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Ugandan Foreign Minister Who Called Gays 'Disgusting' Elected President of UN General Assembly: VIDEO

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Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa was elected President of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, the AP reports:

"I have never been found corrupt," Kutesa told reporters immediately after the election. "I'm not homophobic, and I believe that I'm (the right) person to lead this organization for the next session."

Two Democratic senators from New York criticized Kutesa's appointment, and more than 9,000 people signed an online petition urging U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. member states to block him from taking up the post. It cites his implication in corruption scandals at home and his alleged role in the enactment of the anti-gay law.

AFP adds:

The US-based Human Rights Campaign, which promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equal rights, has called his tenure "a black mark on the United Nations' commitment to protect the human rights of all individuals.

"It's deeply disturbing that a man who calls LGBT people 'disgusting' and played such a critical role in the promotion and passage of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act is assuming this post," the group said on its website.

The bill, signed by Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni in February, calls for "repeat homosexuals" to be jailed for life, outlaws the promotion of homosexuality and obliges citizens to denounce gay individuals to the authorities.

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  1. UN has been an ineffective and useless organization since it's inception. Very regressive. Willfully ignorant of the world around them.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jun 12, 2014 3:02:54 PM


  2. The 1001 reasons why the United Nations has been irrelevant since shortly after it's inception.

    Posted by: Perry | Jun 12, 2014 3:03:51 PM


  3. Horrifying. Why not just elect Robert Mugabe and be done with it?

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jun 12, 2014 3:06:19 PM


  4. At the end of the day, Gay people have to take matters in their own hands. Don't count on breeders to help you...take care of our own!

    Posted by: RK | Jun 12, 2014 3:09:10 PM


  5. Just another reason to drive out the Useless Nations.

    Posted by: Lee | Jun 12, 2014 3:10:03 PM


  6. Just another reason to drive out the Useless Nations.

    Posted by: Lee | Jun 12, 2014 3:10:03 PM


  7. and what significant changes has the UN contributed to the world? It has turned into a joke.

    Posted by: Frogview | Jun 12, 2014 3:10:50 PM


  8. He is not the first embarrassment for the UN, Kurt Waldheim, a former Nazi, was the President of the General Assembly. The US, having the ability to veto, should have exercised that privilege.

    Posted by: lk | Jun 12, 2014 3:36:06 PM


  9. "I have never been found corrupt" is not the same thing as "I am not corrupt."

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Jun 12, 2014 3:50:33 PM


  10. No one cares. And lgbt people are too busy fighting Rupaul about the word tr@nny, then doing anything about the real horrors that are affecting gay people.

    RK, it's true. The gay international assembly is...non existent.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jun 12, 2014 3:53:39 PM


  11. @LK

    The US has veto power on the security council, not in the general assembly

    Posted by: Jmac | Jun 12, 2014 4:02:08 PM


  12. It's especially disappointing given that the UN's secretary general has been such a supporter of LGBT/human rights

    Posted by: keating | Jun 12, 2014 4:18:57 PM


  13. Some more of us could have signed that petition and done more work to prevent this if Towleroad had published the story weeks ago when I first submitted it, but I guess those celebrity stories had to take priority.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 12, 2014 4:20:40 PM


  14. @JMAC: The Secretary General is appointed by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the Security Council, so having veto power on the Security Council amounts to having veto power over the appointment of any specific Secretary General candidate. If the Security Council doesn't nominate a candidate, he can't become Secretary General.

    Posted by: Vint | Jun 12, 2014 4:25:35 PM


  15. @Vint

    If he had been elected Secretary General then that might matter but he was elected president

    Posted by: Jmac | Jun 12, 2014 4:44:46 PM


  16. @JMAC: Oops, color me silly. Sorry to be purveyor of misinformation; thanks for correcting it, and I'll try to read more carefully.

    Posted by: Vint | Jun 12, 2014 5:16:28 PM


  17. this is part of the american evangelicals global anti-gay strategy. they stir up intense homohatred in as many third world countries as they can so that the un will be unable to pursue a pro-equality agenda. they are doing the same thing in eastern europe in order to slow down equality in the european union as well.

    Posted by: candide | Jun 12, 2014 5:32:20 PM


  18. Kick the UN out of New York.....it's a waste of good real estate!

    Posted by: wct | Jun 12, 2014 6:01:54 PM


  19. Creepy. The UN has a weird internal culture, very cult like, lots of bennies, pretty corrupt.

    Posted by: Kev C | Jun 12, 2014 6:49:16 PM


  20. I wonder, would the UN have elected someone on record calling Africans or Jews "disgusting"?

    The UN just gave itself a big black eye.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jun 12, 2014 7:57:07 PM


  21. @ RK :

    I totally agree. We need to wake up and organize for the coming backlash.

    But instead what's sites like Towleroad doing ?
    Arranging free tickets to the Crown and Anchor in jaded faded P'town.
    Spare me !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jun 12, 2014 7:59:01 PM


  22. @ Kevin...nearly the entire UN has called Jews worse things...the UN has no morals and is now controlled by dictators and fascists.

    Posted by: Myackie | Jun 13, 2014 11:42:21 AM


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