Man behind Uganda’s ‘kill-the-gays’ bill to be honored in Chicago

An anti-gay hate group in the Chicago area is honoring one of the Americans who helped inspire Uganda’s proposed death penalty bill for gays.

Scott Lively, who traveled to Uganda in 2009 with other right-wing Christians to stage “Seminar on Exposing the Homosexual Agenda,” will receive an award from the group Americans for Truth about Homosexuality on Oct. 15. The award will be presented at the Christian Liberty Academy, 502 W. Euclid Ave., in Arlington Heights, Ill.

Chicago’s Gay Liberation Network is staging a protest of the event at 6 p.m. on Oct. 15. GLN is inviting all individuals and organizations that believe in civil rights to join in the protest.

At the Uganda seminar, Lively helped incite anti-gay violence by asserting that gays are “looking for other people to prey upon, and that when they see someone from a broken home, it’s like they have a flashing neon sign over their head … male homosexuality has not traditionally been adult to adult, it’s been adult to teenager. … The gay movement is an evil institution.”

Following the seminar, legislation was introduced into the Ugandan parliament that would impose the death penalty for so-called “aggravated homosexuality.”  All gay meetings would be banned and heterosexuals could be jailed for defending gay people.

Although Lively ultimately advised against imposing a death sentences for Ugandan gays, it was only because he said that might result in public sympathy for them.

More recently, Lively justified anti-gay violence when David Kato, Uganda’s leading gay advocate, was murdered. 

He wrote, “It is as if the militant ranks of ‘Code Pink’ were transported back to 1890s America to agitate for ‘sexual freedom.’ Our great grandparents would not have countenanced this. There would have been violence, as there has now been in Uganda.”

Peter LaBarbera, the executive director of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, has spoken in favor of the Ugandan bill. His group has been branded as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

People traveling to the anti-AFTAH protest from Chicago are invited to meet other activists in front of the Ogilvie Metra station at 500 W. Madison at 4:10 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 15, to travel on the train to the protest.  For more information, e-mail GLN at LGBTliberation@aol.com.