Exclusive: Changes Made in Final Report of Uganda’s Ministry of Health Committee on Homosexuality

I have obtained a copy of the final report of the Ministry of Health Committee on Homosexuality. Dated February 23, this report is more extensive than the first report with changes to the contents as well as the membership of the committee.This report provides a more extensive look at research (although it is still missing some very important papers) and more significantly does not include recommendations regarding legislation. Two members were added to the committee: Assoc. Prof Charles … [Read more...]

Is Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill On Hold?

In a statement dated February 18, but widely available just today (e.g., the Observer), Uganda's President Museveni seems to leave open the door that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill could be put on hold while he seeks additional input from researchers and scientists. Here is Museveni's statement in full:http://www.scribd.com/doc/208333248/President-Museveni-responds-to-Obama-on-gay-billAccording to a Reuter's report, the president's spokesperson said the bill was on hold pending more … [Read more...]

Uganda’s President Museveni Misuses Letter from Scientists and Researchers

I don't know how President Museveni came up with the conclusion he did but it is obvious that he misread our letter about scientific consensus on sexual orientation.  On the website of Uganda's State Department, the following was posted yesterday: While attending the NRM Parliamentary Caucus Retreat at the National Leadership Institute (6th -16th February 2014), President Museveni promised to circulate a letter in response to his request to rule out a possibility that some human beings are … [Read more...]

Meeting Minutes from Uganda’s Ministry of Health Task Force Debate on Homosexuality

Although Yoweri Museveni has not yet signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, he has signaled his intent to do so based on information presented to him from a task force set up by Uganda's Ministry of Health. Museveni passed the buck to that committee and claims to be taking steps in line with their recommendations. I posted the committee's report here last week.Apparently, the task force only met two times prior to presenting their findings. According to minutes of those two meetings which I … [Read more...]

Remarks from President Museveni about Why He Plans to Sign Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill

Yesterday, Uganda's state department released some remarks from Yoweri Museveni with his rationale for signing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009. President Museveni's Remarks on decision to sign anti-homosexual bill at the closing ceremony of the 10-day retreat of the NRM Parliamentary Caucus, 16th February 20141. In that bill, I had no problem with punishing people who promote homosexuality.2. I had no problem with punishing people who become homosexual for mercenary reasons what one … [Read more...]

Report on Homosexuality by Uganda’s Ministry of Health

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I have secured a copy of the report of the ministry of health on genetics and homosexuality. According to media reports and those close to the situation, this report was referred to by President Museveni as a reason to sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.Each page of the report can be read by clicking the thumbnails below. First, I am including the press release describing the report and Museveni's response to it at the NRM caucus meeting. Museveni refers in the report to a letter from "USA … [Read more...]

President Museveni Says He Will Assent to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

So say Buzzfeed and Chimpreports.According to the Chimpreport, it appears Museveni gave no weight to outside experts and relied instead on a group of physicians and physicians he recruited. Museveni had access to the recent genetics study and had numerous experts available but ignored these resources.I would very much like to get a look at the report which Museveni had the professors sign.The press release regarding the committee charged with advising Museveni is here.PRESS … [Read more...]

Over 200 Scientists and Mental Health Professionals Respond to President Museveni Regarding Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill

In a February 3 letter to Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, over 200 researchers and mental health professionals from around the world joined together to provide a statement of scientific consensus regarding sexual orientation. The letter was in response to Museveni's call for evidence regarding choice of sexual orientation as he deliberates about his response to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.The letter was distributed for comment and signature among various professional and academic … [Read more...]


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