Uganda plans to ban 38 non-governmental organisations it accuses of promoting homosexuality, the Minister for Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo has said.
The minister says the organisations are receiving foreign support for Uganda’s homosexuals and accused gay people of “recruiting” young children into homosexuality, Reuters reports.
On Monday, police raided a gay rights conference being held at a hotel just outside the capital, Kampala.
Gay activists from around the region were detained for a few hours.
Not recruiting. Not promoting. Demanding equal rights for. There’s a difference.
Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone in the world understood this?
Feminists don’t “recruit” anyone to be a woman. Feminists don’t “promote” being a woman. We just demand equal rights for women. Mutatis mutandis the same applies to other kinds of people where “kind” is not any kind of crime or harm. Criminals and people who do harm also get to have human rights, but the arguments and campaigns are somewhat different. But when it comes to what people just are, then the basic claim is the same: this particular status or identity or label is not a reason to deny people of that status or identity or label their rights.
It would be nice if everyone got that.