Uganda gay rights activist and mister Mark Kiyimbaw will be speaking on Friday at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Columbus about his work to protest gays in Uganda and end the hatred in his country.
I’ve covered the terrorism happening against gays in Uganda extensively here on Queer Corner. You’ve probably heard about the Kill the Gays Bill that was buried by the Ugandan Parliament after an outcry from gay rights groups around the country. Homosexuality is still illegal there and is still very hostile for anyone who is openly gay. Kiyimbaw himself had to flee for fear of arrest or worse. During the height of the Kill the Gays Bill frenzy earlier this year, fellow Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato was brutally murdered and the government made a mockery of his death.
Here’s more on Kiyimbaw from Examiner.com:
The Reverend Mark Kiyimba, minister of the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Kampala, Uganda, has been touring the United States to raise awareness of the persecution of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in Uganda.
Rev. Kiyimba fled Uganda in March after threats on his life for being an outspoken opponent of the proposed anti-homosexuality legislation in his country. The persecution of sexual minorities in Uganda has been linked toanti-gay conferences and workshops promoted by U.S. evangelicals for the past several years.
Mark Kiyimba founded the New Life Children’s Home to provide a place for children who have lost parents to AIDS, who are themselves HIV positive, or whose families no longer have the means to care for their children. He also started theNew Life Primary School, located in the Kkindu village west of Masaka, Uganda.
Kiyimba will speak at First Unitarian Universalist (93 West Weisheimer, Columbus) at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. This event is open to the public.