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Human Rights Campaign Exposes Extreme Anti-Gay American Activists

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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has released a new report that exposes some of the most vitriolic activists in the U.S. promoting anti-gay bigotry abroad.

These extremists claim that LGBT people are responsible for the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, and the spread of HIV/AIDS; that LGBT people are luring away children; that acceptance of LGBT people will lead to the destruction of the family; and that the death penalty could be an appropriate punishment for simply being gay.

6a00d8341c730253ef01a73e170bc2970d-800wiHRC points out that these anti-gay activists often secure audiences with heads of government and their spouses, testify before politicians, build relationships with community leaders and other prominent citizens, lobby United Nations delegates, get involved in the drafting of national constitutions, and intervene in international court cases that affect the lives and rights of LGBT people.

The report titled The Export of Hate, which focuses on dangerous homophobe Scott Lively and others, details their connections and associations, nations in which they are active publicly, available information about their resources and examples of their public bigotry and hatred of gay people.

Lively has been accused of crimes against humanity for inciting anti-gay hatred in Uganda and aiding in the passing of their "Kill the Gays" bill.

The report also exposes the "work" of Benjamin Bull, Jordan Sekulow, Peter La Barbera, Paul Cameron, Sharon Slater, Robert Oscar Lopez, Brian Brown, Larry Jacobs, Brian Camenker, Mat Staver, Michael Brown, Janice Shaw Crouse and Scott Stirm.

Ty Cobb, HRC Foundation’s director of Global Engagement, said:

“Hate is not an American value, and we must expose and fight these individuals and their extremist allies. This is a destructive group of activists spreading anti-LGBT rhetoric, promoting laws that criminalize LGBT people, and seeking to restrict their speech and those who support them.  Although their views may find little traction in the United States, public opinion in many other nations makes their words and global advocacy fundamentally dangerous.”

Read the full report here.


Ugandan Parliament Poised To Reintroduce Anti-Homosexuality Act

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Members of the Ugandan Parliament are reportedly working on a revised version of its law criminalizing homosexuality. An earlier version of the law was rendered null and void earlier this year after a Parliamentary review board concluded that the quorum necessary to pass the law had not, in fact, been present.

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill, decried by a number of Western nations that provide aid funding to Uganda, would penalize gay individuals and those thought to be “promoting” homosexuality with lifetime jail sentences. Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has insisted that the newest iteration of the law would be focused primarily on the protection of children from the threat of homosexuals. The law, however, draws no distinction between gays and pedophiles.

Should the bill be reintroduced to the floor, it will be referred to a committee for review and potential further alterations before it is released into the House for discussion and debate. Members of the parliamentary body advocating for the bill’s dismissal are vastly outnumbered. According to the Daily Monitor 254 out of 376 parliament members, more than the necessary ⅔ quorum, have expressed their support for reintroducing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill for consideration.

"As soon as the movers of this bill are ready, we will proceed,” Said Deputy Parliament Speaker Jacob Oulanyah. “When it is introduced, we will handle it appropriately."


Robert Mugabe Prefers Aid From Anti-Gay Countries, Continues To Accept Aid From Anyone - VIDEO

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Anti-gay Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe has said that he prefers aid from China because aid from Western countries always comes with conditions such as accepting homosexuality, reports The Telegraph.

Speaking to a TV reporter during a trip to China, Mugabe praised Beijing for being "very constructive" in its assistance towards Zimbabwe:

"Whereas Europe and America, when they give little funding assistance to countries they always attach conditions. And that is our objection."

Mugabe, who nonetheless accepted international aid to the tune of $715 million in 2011 and has in the past threatened to jail and behead gay people, last railed against the ignominy of receiving aid from gay-loving countries back in March when he voiced his support for Uganda’s draconian anti-gay laws.

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New HRC Report Exposes the Dangerous Anti-gay Agenda of the World Congress of Families: READ

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A new report by the Human Rights Campaign dives into the World Congress of Families' dangerous agenda of exporting anti-gay hate across the globe. 

WcfLabeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and active in several nations across five continents, the Rockford, IL-based Christian organization and its affiliates (like Scott Lively) have played a significant role in Uganda and Russia's passage of anti-gay laws this past year. The group is also planning to hold its annual convention in Salt Lake City, Utah next year.

"This organization and their affiliates' global advocacy have corresponded with a dangerous rise in anti-LGBT laws, discrimination, and even violence around the world," said Cobb. "Their harmful impact is being felt in nearly every corner of the globe, and we urge all fair-minded Americans to reject the World Congress of Families and their exportation of anti-LGBT hate."

The report, which you can read AFTER THE JUMP, also documents WCF's origin and founding members, a timeline of its major international events, affiliations with prominent American officials and organizations, and lobbying efforts.

You may recall WCF being the same organization that was barred last November from Senate meeting rooms by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) because of it's history of virulently anti-gay activism. House Speaker John Boehner later secured a congressional meeting room for the group - proving that bigotry in even its most insidious forms still has strong allies in Congress.

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Stoning Death Of Gay Ugandans Remains Unsubstantiated, Activists Skeptical

FnurThe other day we told you the story of how seven LGBT Ugandans were allegedly murdered by stoning, burning, and mob violence as a potential reaction to the repeal of the country's Anti-Homosexuality Act. That claim, which was used as a part of a fundraising effort by the Friends New Underground Railroad, now coming under scrutiny after the Human Rights Awareness and Protection Forum (HRAPF) sent five investigators to the Buyende District where the murders allegedly took place and found no evidence of the acts.

Casting further doubt, Adrian Jjuuko, executive director of the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum, a legal organization that handles many LGBT rights cases, has claimed that while mob justice does happen on occasion in Uganda, organized biblical stoning is more or less unheard of. Jjuuko sent investigators to try and find validation, but found no reported murders of any kind in two of the towns and that the third town evidently did not exist.

For their part, Friends New Underground Railroad is standing by their story, but are refusing to be cooperative and release information on the claim that they are "protecting lives." Interestingly, they are becoming frustrated that no one is taking their claims seriously.


Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni Signs Law Criminalizing HIV Transmission

MuseveniUgandan President Yoweri Museveni has officially criminalized the transmission of HIV, a move that many public health experts worry could ultimately exacerbate Uganda’s well documented struggles with the virus. Similar to law that sometimes appear here in the U.S. Uganda’s new HIV Prevention and AIDS Control Bill targets those individuals who willfully expose others to the virus without their knowledge. In theory provisions like these would encourage people to exercise safer sex practices. Unfortunately, that is seldom the case. Rather than fostering openness about one’s HIV status, the criminalization of HIV has been proven to be ineffective and ultimately harmful.

The circumstances under which the mandate made its way through the Ugandan legal systems are dubious at best. The law, which surfaced earlier this week, is dated to have have officially been signed in late July, closely following the nullification of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act.

The AHA’s passing was invalidated after legal review revealed that the Ugandan Parliament did not have the quorum of its members necessary to turn the homophobic legislation into law. President Museveni has insisted that the law, which is being reintroduced the Parliament, will be gentler towards adults consensually engaging in homosexual acts. Those found in violation of the original AHA could be sentenced to life in prison but, Museveni says, the revised law focuses solely on the protection of children.

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