Perhaps you’ve heard of the atrocious piece of legislation nicknamed the “Kill the Gays” bill? As The Advocate reports, the conservative-backed Ugandan bill would punish citizens of the country with up to 7 years in prison for the “crime” of being gay. (The original language in the bill would have made homosexuality punishable by death, hence the name.) And it’s coming up for a vote — as soon as tomorrow.
More from The Advocate:
Members of Uganda’s parliament are working on a final revision of the legislation after years of backlash around the world has put the bill into a prominent light. In addition to the death penalty provision in the early version of the bill, it also mandated a death sentence for anyone living with HIV.
Hard to believe, isn’t it? But this is a real piece of legislation, and it would have real consequences for Ugandans.
Global LGBT rights group All Out is working hard to keep the “Kill the Gays” bill from passing. The group launched a petition to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni earlier this week that it says has already garnered over 300,000 signatures. “This hateful bill is part of a pattern of the Ugandan government’s violent repression of pro-democracy forces within the country — and time is running out to stop it,” the group writes on the site. You can sign the petition yourself here.