ADVISORY: Bishop Senyonjo of Uganda and Bishop Gene Robinson on the Global Fight for LGBT Rights
June 8, 2010, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Contact: Madeline Meth
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Antigay legislation in Uganda has prompted a global outcry and heightened attention to the dangers facing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in Africa. As one of the most courageous defenders of LGBT human rights, Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo of Uganda has spoken out against anti-gay hate legislation in his country and advocated for LGBT rights. Bishop Senyonjo is a chaplain to Integrity Uganda, a chapter of Integrity USA, which is a witness of LGBT people in the Episcopal Church. As a result of his actions, Bishop Senyonjo has been denounced, threatened, and barred from performing religious duties in his church.
Bishop Gene Robinson is the first openly gay Bishop in the Episcopal Church. He was elected to the Diocese of New Hampshire in 2003 and has worked nationally and internationally for full human rights for all LGBT people. Bishop Robinson worked on HIV prevention and treatment in Uganda in the 1990s and has been a tireless defender of social justice issues.
Please join us for a lively, illuminating conversation between Bishops Robinson and Senyonjo about what is happening in Africa around LGBT issues, including antigay legislation; religious forces that are fueling hatred; and efforts to push back against that hatred and create a beloved community for all people, gay and straight.
Sally Steenland, Senior Policy Advisor to the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative, Center for American Progress
Bishop Gene Robinson, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire and Visiting Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Bishop Christopher Senyonjo retired Anglican Bishop of West Buganda, Uganda and Chaplain of Integrity Uganda
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