Urgent action, Faith and LGBT event and next steps

9 May

Urgent action: Condemn the Anti-Homosexuality Bill

The Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill is being discussed in the Ugandan Parliament this week. There are strong indications that there will be a vote on the bill by the end of the week.

Up until his death David Kato was a leading voice in condemnation of the bill.

Please speak out for David – sign the petition opposing the bill at: http://www.allout.org/en/petition/uganda

Faith and LGBT event

Following on from the Faith and LGBT event we held last week, a couple of links that may be of interest:

Highlights of the event can be found at –

http://storify.com/spkout4kato/lgbt-rights-and-faith-a-panel-discussion-in-memory

The keynote speech at the event, given by gay rights activist Godwyns Onwuchekwa, can be found at –

http://www.godwyns.com/2011/05/role-of-faith-groups-in-promoting_06.html

It is well worth a read and starts with a heart-felt and moving tribute to David.

Next steps

Following on from last week’s welcomed statement by the Archbishop of York’s condemning David’s murder, and homophobic violence more broadly, we are looking to develop the campaign.

We would love to hear you ideas. Please send your thoughts as to what you would like to see us do next to –  speakout4davidkato@gmail.com

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Faith and LGBT event

4 May

This Thursday (5th May) Speak Out 4 David Kato will be hosting a panel discussion on Faith and LGBT rights at the University of York. However, if you can’t make it to the event there are other ways to get involved:

1. Please feel free to send in questions for the panellists that someone else will ask on your behalf (time permitting). You can send these to speakout4davidkato@gmail.com. Questions just need to fit broadly within the theme of Faith and LGBT.

2. We will be live tweeting the event using the #spkout4kato. Please do use this #tag to follow and join the discussion.

Thank you for following the campaign and it would be great to hear from you.

Statement by the Archbishop of York

4 May

We are delighted to announce that the Archbishop of York has provided us with the following statement:

“I agree wholeheartedly with the statement made by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Primates of the Anglican Communion in Dublin, at the time of David Kato’s brutal murder. No-one should have to live under the threat of violence and death, or live in fear because of the bigotry of others. Such violence has been consistently condemned by the Anglican Communion worldwide. Every person has the right to enjoy safety and security regardless of their beliefs or orientation – we are all created in God’s image and likeness.”

Speak Out 4 David Kato campaign in The Advocate magazine

21 Apr

This week US-based LGBT news magazine and website The Advocate published a story about Speak Out 4 David Kato’s campaign calling on the Archbishop of York to condemn threats, harassment and attacks on any individual due to their actual, or perceived, sexual orientation.

The article, entitled “Archbishop Urged to Condemn Uganda Violence”, can be viewed at advocate.com by clicking here.

Thanks to everyone who has signed our petition so far, in little more than a week we already have over 500 signatures – this is really good news!

Remember, we also welcome your comments and feedback on the campaign – if you would like more information, for press inquiries or to let us know what you think email us at speakout4davidkato@gmail.com.

Sign the campaign petition

15 Apr

The campaign petition – calling on the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, to condemn threats, harassment and attacks on any individual due to their actual, or perceived, sexual orientation – is now avaliable.

To sign the petition go to:

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/speak-out-4-david-kato.html

Thank you!

Website under construction

18 Mar

 

We are in the process of setting up this site. The site will be up and running by the beginning of April (2011). Thank you for your patience.