Western Gay Rights Orgs Worse Than Useless as Uganda Criminalizes Homosexuality Further
Pretending that sex isn’t real doesn’t help same-sex attracted people around the world
While the West preoccupies itself with musing about whether biological sex is even real, same-sex attracted people in other parts of the world have no such luxury. In fact, they face harsh prison sentences and even death.
Last month, Uganda passed a bill to extend its existing laws against homosexuality, which was already illegal. Known as the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, it prescribes 10 years imprisonment for “the offense of homosexuality,” which includes not just homosexual behavior but merely admitting to being homosexual. The bill also includes fines and imprisonment for “promotion of homosexuality” and the death penalty for acts considered “aggravated homosexuality” (which includes being a “serial offender”). Anyone who fails to report an offense under the bill may face fines or six months’ imprisonment as well.
Prior to its passage, the bill was referred to the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs of parliament (read the report here).
Two members of the committee actually dissented and issued a minority report, arguing that the bill was unnecessary and redundant. The minority also expressed the opinion that the bill infringed on the rights of Ugandans and denied equal protection under the law.
Nevertheless, the majority report, signed by 30 members, argued that the bill was needed to address existing legal shortcomings, that the Constitution of Uganda does not recognize the right to homosexuality but in fact bans same-sex marriages, and that Uganda is not legally bound by human rights laws that recognize the rights of sexual minorities.
You would think that Western gay rights organizations would have something useful to say about the bill but, in some instances, they have been worse than useless.
As Malcolm Clark pointed out in an article for Spiked:
Nancy Kelley – CEO of Stonewall, once Europe’s most successful and respected lesbian and gay charity group – has her own pet theory about Uganda. Last week, she trundled on to Twitter to point the finger of blame at an alleged alliance between these right-wing evangelical Christians and people who are critical of transgender ideology, or the gender-critical movement.
The ‘anti-gender movement’, Kelley wrote, ‘has been funnelling cash and strategy into countries around the world for decades’. In Kelley’s view, a gender-critical feminist like JK Rowling – whose books were once burned by Christian fundamentalists for containing witchcraft – may somehow have been secretly in league with the religious wackos all along.
Kelley wasn’t the only LGBT jobsworth to reach into a grab-bag of tired slogans last week. Scott Cuthbertson – manager of Scotland’s main LGBT charity, the Equality Network – sounded off, too. He claimed that ‘anti-gender’ and anti-women’s rights movements are ‘the same thing dressed up for different audiences, funded by the same people’. ‘What we see in Uganda against LGBTQ people’, he went on, ‘is what they are planning for reproductive rights next’.
This is absurd. The gender-critical movement in the UK is full of women who cherish their reproductive rights. Why on Earth would these same women now pose a demonic threat to these rights? Cuthbertson needs a lie down.
Clark explains that anti-gay sentiment in Uganda is nothing new, considering its existing laws against homosexuality and an attempt, in 2014, to pass a law that was dubbed the “Kill the Gays Bill.” He also references the 2013 documentary film God Loves Uganda, which reveals the influence that wealthy U.S. evangelical megachurches have had on the country.
Uganda, like many other African countries, has inherited laws against homosexuality from colonial times as well. More than half of the countries on the continent prohibit consensual same-sex activity. There is no denying the long and complex history that has led to this current bill, and there is no denying the absurdity of blaming it on women’s rights campaigners.
In the United States, The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest “LGBTQ” political lobbying organization in the country, simply hasn’t been bothered to say much of anything about the situation at all. I was able to find one single quote tweet from its Twitter account calling on the U.S. government to act but, other than that, the organization tweets mainly about “trans youth” and “gender-affirming care.” I found no mentions of Uganda on the HRC’s website in 2023.
It's a shame, as the HRC had previously released an in-depth report about anti-gay American activist Scott Lively’s influence in Uganda. Lively began traveling to Uganda in 2002 and returned in 2009 for a conference on “the dangers of homosexuality.” He is also said to have helped inspire the 2014 “Kill the Gays Bill.”
I’m sure the report is now considered passé, as it uses outdated phrases like “same-sex intimacy.” Today, you’re more likely to find the HRC tweeting about how we shouldn’t be able to define sex at all.
In my opinion, it is not a stretch to say that the kind of nonsense these Western “LGBTQ” organizations are pushing, like childhood transition, is in fact part of the reason why Uganda feels the need to pass such draconian legislation in the first place.
The principles of the bill include “strengthening the nation’s capacity to deal with emerging internal and external threats to the traditional, heterosexual family” and “protecting the cherished culture of the people of Uganda… against the acts of sexual rights activists seeking to impose their values of sexual promiscuity on the people of Uganda.”
The report of the sectoral committee likewise notes that “the media has recently been awash with reports of sodomy and lesbianism in Ugandan schools and have reported that grooming and recruitment of school children into homosexuality has taken shape in Uganda.”
One wonders if this is really going on, or if these reports represent fears stoked by the kind of materials being pushed in Western schools, as popularly seen on Libs of TikTok.
Because it is true that children in Western schools are being exposed to inappropriate materials that confuse them about their sex and that introduce sexual topics at very young ages.
Though not all gay, lesbian, bisexual, or even trans-identified people support this, unrelenting “queer” activists are already stoking a backlash in the West. Everyday people who are horrified at the material being shown to their children don’t often care about political disagreements and distinctions in what they simply see as the “gay” movement—it is more expedient to just group us all together.
If anyone is contributing to the fears of child exploitation in Uganda, it is the queer activists intent on targeting children in schools here in the West and incessantly pushing “Pride” as the new state religion. At the very least, these people have completely captured the organizations that would have once stood up for the rights of same-sex attracted people around the world.
The gay rights movement had a winning message: that we just wanted to be allowed to live our lives, because being with who we love doesn’t hurt anyone else. The queer movement makes it seem like that was all a ruse, and it is stoking fear of same-sex attracted people as a result—and the most vulnerable ones are bearing the brunt of it.
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I saw a video with Camille Paglia a few days ago. It was posted to YT six years but the video was not dated; it sounded like it was recorded near the beginning of the "trans" cult.
She made one point that I have seen echoed several times since; that this cult of "identity" tends to appear shortly before major social collapse, e.g. the disintegration of the Roman Empire. I'm looking for more detail about this. If anyone knows any sources, please post.
Certainly there is something markedly decadent about everything postmodern and subjectivist, the denigration of truth and of confidence in knowledge. In my disgust with "trans coworker" types and pronoun mania I had never really thought about this greater and more serious dimension.
Standing shoulder to shoulder in defense of TikTok is more important.
And using the wrong pronouns is violent murder.