Homophobia anywhere is a threat to freedom everywhere
  • Petitioned President Museveni

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President of Uganda
President Museveni
President of the United States of America
President Obama

Homophobia anywhere is a threat to freedom everywhere

    1. Shupiwe Suffolk
    2. Petition by

      Shupiwe Suffolk

      picton, New Zealand

""Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood" - Coretta Scott King

As the advocacy officer for a rights group called Sexual Minorities Uganda, David Kato was one of Uganda's most high profile gay rights activists. Just weeks after winning a court victory over a tabloid that called for homosexuals to be killed he has been bludgeoned to death in his home.

David was one of a team of activists who took action against Uganda's Rolling Stone tabloid newspaper which had been running a campaign both naming and showing people it claimed were homosexual. The pictures featured on the front page, with an accompanying headline - "hang them". David was one of those pictured.

In response to the murder of David Kato, the managing editor of the weekly Rolling Stone, said in a statement that he had "no regrets about the story. We were just exposing people who were doing wrong."

Homophobia has increased in Uganda recently because of church action but also because of political action. An anti-homosexual bill currently before parliament calls for gays and lesbians to be jailed for life. This bill was sponsored by Ndorwa West, MP David Bahati, a legislator from President Museveni's ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).

It is time for the Ugandan government to act. It is time for the government to publicly condemn the murder of David Kato, condemn homophobic publications such as the Rolling Stone, and to publicly condemn homophobia in Uganda. It is time for the Ugandan government to start educating Ugandans to stop homophobia.

It is time to stop continued acts of homophobia in Uganda. The world cannot stand by whilst someone like David Kato is murdered for their sexuality, just as the world did not stand by when people were murdered for their race or for their religion.

It is time to put pressure on the government and the people of Uganda to end the murderous homophobia in their country. 

We must not let David Kato die in vein. We must not forget David Kato but use his death to highlight the consequences of Homophobia. It is time to put pressure on governments and people everywhere to end homophobia around the world. It is time to fight against homophobia like we have fought all the other great civil rights battles. 

Please sign this petition to the Ugandan Government and to President Yoweri Museveni to end homophobia in Uganda. Please sign this petition to show support for not just homosexuals in Uganda but around the world. Please sign this petition to the American Government and to President Obama to help end homophobia around the world. 

Coretta Scott King became a leading LGBT activitst because she understood the simple fact that discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation is still discrimination; it is just that - discrimination. 

Homophobia anywhere, is a threat to freedom everywhere.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Shupiwe Suffolk
      Petition Organizer

      Police have arrested a man over the killing of David Kato and have said that the motive was not related to David's campaign for gay rights.

      A Gay activist who did not want to be named said he was sceptical about the latest claims of the police -

      It is clear that whatever the motive, homophobia is widespread in Uganda. If homophobia can be tolerated in Uganda, and even passed as legislation, than it can be tolerated anywhere. That is the point of this petition.

      This petition should be to every government everywhere that does not protect the rights of all of its citizens regardless of sexuality. This petition should be to anyone who is homophobic and who has used it as a rationale for hatred, discrimination and murder.

      Thank you again everyone for your support of this issue and for the work of David Kato.

    3. Shupiwe Suffolk
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks everyone for the continued support. I decided to change the title just a little bit as I think it just needs more attention. Please pass this on. I am still contacting Avaaz and I hope that they will take it on as they have much more campaigning muscle to get this petition, our voice, turned into action.

      Cheers, Shupiwe

    4. Shupiwe Suffolk
      Petition Organizer

      A good article about what David's death can teach the world:

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Shupiwe Suffolk
      Petition Organizer

      Homophobia anywhere is a threat to freedom everywhere.

    7. Shupiwe Suffolk
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone,

      Thanks everyone for signing and for spreading the petition. We are nearly at the 300 mark which is amazing.

      Some people have had problems signing up though as the site struggles if your address is outside the US. I have contacted Change.Org so hopefully this problem will be over.

      Thanks everyone, Shupiwe

    8. Reached 100 signatures
    9. Shupiwe Suffolk
      Petition Organizer

      Hi again everyone,

      Just a quick update to thank Care2 for posting the link to this petition on their website -

      Much appreciated and it has boosted numbers.

      Also we have had some problems with people outside of the USA having problems with signing the petition as it will not allow you to sign without adding a state. Let's home that can fix that problem too as I have many friends from different countries in Africa who want to sign the petition!

      Cheers, Shupiwe

    10. Reached 50 signatures
    11. Shupiwe Suffolk
      Petition Organizer

      Hi Everyone,

      Thank you for signing this petition. With only 31 signatures we are a long way from the target.

      Please can you help by recruiting your friends to sign this. This issue cannot be left to just go away.

      I was shocked to read that at the funeral for David Kato the presiding priest ended the funeral by calling on homosexuals to be punished by God. The funeral ended in an uproar as people attending the funeral shouted the priest down and eventually grabbed the microphone away from him and lead him away. It really is shocking and very painful to read as David had fought against this type of behaviour. But it does illustrate how widespread homophobia is in Uganda and how much pressure is needed for government action within Uganda and pressure needed for government action from countries outside of Uganda.

      This will not end without a large amount of international pressure on the Ugandan government to provide national level education about the injustice of homophobia.

      Thanks again for your support,

      Cheers, Shupiwe


    Reasons for signing

    • Shupiwe Suffolk PICTON, NEW ZEALAND
      • over 3 years ago

      Hi Everyone, Thanks for the continued support. I hope that we can still get more signatures!

      This issue is more about Uganda. It is about the entire world. Every country has a problem with homophobia and we all need to take steps to challenge this where ever we are. Homophobia has to be seen as the next civil rights movement.

      Thanks again for signing - it would be great if we could get this petition spread further.

      Thanks, Shupiwe

    • Daniel Elowe KAUNAS, LITHUANIA
      • over 3 years ago

      If Uganda would become more accepting to different people, I think people in countries like mine would also start to think and understand what tolerance and acceptance is.

    • Myca Arcangel RIVERSIDE, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Its scary to think that such barbaric logic still exists...

    • cynthia archer TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 3 years ago

      Human rights for EVERYONE. Wake up from your sleeping nightmare of hatred and oppression, to a free and just society!

    • Gcobisa Mgoduka MTATA, SOUTH AFRICA
      • over 3 years ago

      this is cruel evryone has a right to be who they want to be


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