For those of you that follow my blog you will remember my excoriation of certain politicians that export homophobia to Uganda. I now pass along a message from my friend, the Rev. Harry Knox. Please read and take action. We must stand with solidarity around the world to push out homophobia and welcome in love and compassion. Here is Rev. Harry’s message:
HOUSTON CLERGY AND HUMAN RIGHTS LEADERS SEND VIDEO POSTCARD TO
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE URGING A MEETING WITH U.S. RELIGIOUS LEADERS
TO DISCUSS PROTECTIONS FOR THE LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL,
AND TRANSGENDER CITIZENS OF UGANDA
Houston, TX, Thursday, February 24, 2011 – Following the brutal murder of Ugandan human rights activist David Kato, Houston clergy and human rights leaders sent a video postcard today to the U.S. Department of State urging a meeting with U.S. religious leaders to discuss the rise of deadly homophobia in Uganda. Recipients of the video included: Cheryl D. Mills, Counselor and Chief of Staff, Counselor of the Department and Chief of Staff, Office of the Secretary; Maria Otero, Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, Office of the Secretary; Michael Posner, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Under Secretary for Democracy and GlobalAffairs.
At the time of his murder, Kato was the head of Sexual Minorities in Uganda, the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) political advocacy organization. There are also others in Uganda, including faith leaders who are supportive of LGBT Ugandans, who have had death threats made against their lives. Some religious leaders in the United States are funding and mentoring the rise of homophobia and anti-LGBT violence among Ugandans and its political leaders. The government of the United States has a responsibility to ensure that there are protections for LGBT Ugandans.
“We ask that Secretary Clinton and President Obama continue their support of the safety of our LGBT sisters and brothers by convening a meeting of religious leaders in the United States to discuss how we can work with you to provide a clear message of inclusion, not violence against LGBT Ugandans,” said Rev. Harry Knox, Senior Pastor of Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church in Houston, and former member of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
The video postcard may be viewed at http://www.facebook.com/l/136ce-uD_x4aZVKqqnJhwuJhS7g/www.ResurrectionMCC.org/Uganda