Under the Rainbow: U.S. group helps LGBT Ugandans travel from hatred to hope

By : Greg Stemm
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At a time when America and other Western countries have made tremendous strides toward LGBTQ equality – including the right to marry – one country in Africa, Uganda, has taken an entirely different path. It’s a path that has included almost unthinkable persecution, beatings, denial of health care, denial of basic living needs and even death as official, government-sanctioned actions. Shockingly, some of the blame may be laid at the feet of fundamentalist American Christian groups, although now it is people of faith from the United States who are rushing to the aid of beleaguered LGBTQ Ugandans, helping them to escape as refugees to other nations.

This is a story that will probably mortify most Americans. Uganda is a place where people are outted and then completely shunned by their families. Their names are read aloud in shame on the radio. They are fired from their jobs and evicted from their homes. Without access to living space, food or health care, many simply perish. Those that don’t can be subject to state-supported beatings, maiming or even death. The atmosphere of terror extends to the families of LGBTQ people, who can also face persecution. The stories remind one of the days of Jews in Nazi Germany.

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Conservative group rejects gay GOP organization from event

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Denver (AP) — Organizers of a conservative conference in Denver this summer have told a gay Republican group it cannot have a booth at the event.

The Western Conservative Summit is scheduled for June in Denver, where thousands of conservative activists will gather to hear Republican presidential hopefuls like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speak. The event is organized by The Centennial Institute, a think tank affiliated with Colorado Christian University.

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Nation’s largest gay rights group to feature VP Biden at convention

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Washington (AP) – Vice President Joe Biden will deliver a speech this week to the nation’s largest gay rights group.

The Human Rights Campaign says Biden will headline its annual convention on March 6 in Washington. The group advocates for equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

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NY Gay-rights group backs use of HIV-prevention pill

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New York (AP) — The largest U.S. gay-rights organization Saturday endorsed efforts to promote the use of a once-a-day pill to prevent HIV infection and called on insurers to provide more generous coverage of the drug.

Some doctors have been reluctant to prescribe the drug, Truvada, on the premise that it might encourage high-risk, unprotected sexual behavior. However, its preventive use has been endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and many HIV/AIDS advocacy groups

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Marriage equality push gathering steam in New Jersey

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Four national groups advocating for recognizing same-sex marriage are teaming up in New Jersey, saying that the state is primed to allow gay couples to wed.

The New Jersey United for Marriage campaign is based on the efforts that secured gay marriage rights in Rhode Island, Delaware and Minnesota.

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