Uganda minister will speak about LGBT rights at July 18 UI talk

Rev. Mark Kiyimba, the founding minister of the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Kampala, Uganda, will speak about the struggle for LGBT rights in Uganda at 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 18, in the Iowa City Public Library meeting room A. The event is free and open to the public.

Kiyimba has received international attention for his stand against the antihomosexuality bill that is now before the Ugandan parliament. According to the bill, those perceived as homosexual could be punished by life imprisonment or even death. The Unitarian-Universalist Church of Kampala held conferences in 2009 and 2010 to protest the bill. More than 200 people attended these conferences, including gay and lesbian Ugandans and their allies, risking possible arrest. The Kampala Unitarian-Universalist Church is one of the few congregations in Uganda that welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

A question-and-answer discussion will follow Kiyimba’s lecture.

Several organizations are cosponsoring this event: UI LGBT Staff and Faculty Association; Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City; Interfaith Alliance of Iowa; the Iowa City Human Rights Commission; and the UI African Studies Program and UI Center for Human Rights, both within UI International Programs.

For more information, contact Edward Miner 319-335-5883.

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