Press

Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: Uganda's New Draconian Anti-LGBT Legislation

Date: 
December 20, 2013

Media Contact:

Mark Daley
Director of Communications
(Office) 202.639.6325
(Cell) 202.379.8318
mdaley@thetasktorce.org

Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: Uganda's New Draconian Anti-LGBT Legislation

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 — Today the Ugandan Parliament passed a bill that would punish lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with life in prison.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:

“Imagine being put in jail for life for who you are and who you love. That's the bill that was passed by the Ugandan Parliament today. It's draconian; It's pure unadulterated discrimination; it's outrageous. It's against the fundamental human rights we as Americans cherish. We urge President Museveni to stand against discrimination of all forms and to refuse to sign the legislation. We also urge our government to do everything within its power to prevent this bill from becoming law."

To learn more about the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force,
visit and follow us on Twitter: @TheTaskForce.

–30–


The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community from the ground up. The Task Force is the country’s premier social justice organization fighting to improve the lives of LGBT people and working to create positive, lasting change and opportunity for all. The Task Force is a 501(c)(3) corporation incorporated in Washington, D.C. Contributions to the Task Force are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. © 2013, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C., 20005. Phone 202.393.5177. TTY 202.393.2284. theTaskForce@theTaskForce.org.