As the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) faces reauthorization, a renewed call for equality within the Plan is urgently needed. In a year that has seen monumental progress within the equality movement in the United States, 76 countries around the world still consider acts of homosexuality an 'illegal act'.
One of those countries is Uganda. Its most perilous legislation, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009, makes an act of homosexuality a crime punishable by death. Simultaneously, PEPFAR has named Uganda a 'focus country', with over $1B allocated.
In a seminal report, 'How Ideology Trumped Science', the Council on Global Equality accuses PEPFAR of failing to live up to its potential. The report says that the Plan largely disregards the needs of those that identify as LGBT, and have sub-granted groups that not only refuse treatment based on sexual orientation - but have actively promoted the spread of hate.
GOD LOVES UGANDA is calling upon the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and Secretary of State John Kerry to ensure that PEPFAR dollars no longer flow to Ugandan sub-grantees who used these funds to nurture the Anti-Homosexuality Bill and double-stigmatize HIV-positive patients who identify as LGBT.
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