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Ugandan Activist Calls For Visibility

Dr. Frank Mugisha, executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda and a leading human rights activist in east Africa, is calling for visible leaders to step forward and present positive role models for the LGBT community. In an interview with the British news organization, Pink News, Mugisha said “we need entertainers, footballers. We need role models to start speaking up because these are people who ordinary Ugandans respect, and then, Ugandans will emulate them and say ‘Okay, if someone I like is okay with homosexuality, I have no problem.” Uganda has taken a hard stance against gays with lawmakers often advancing bills to criminalize homosexuality. Mugisha told Pink News that most Ugandans decline to discuss sex in public. “It’s African not to talk about it…people would rather not talk about sex in general.” Mugisha’s comments come as U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, Randy Berry recently returned from a two day visit (July 13-15) to Uganda to meet with senior government representatives.


Perry Declares Opposition to Gay Scouts

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, a candidate for the Republican Party’s Presidential nomination, appeared on the NBC Sunday morning news program, “Meet the Press,” where he was asked his opinion about openly gay scoutmasters. The Boy Scouts of America is considering lifting its ban on openly gay scoutmasters. Perry told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd that he is against lifting the ban. “I believe scouting would be better off if they didn’t have openly gay scoutmasters,” Perry said. In his 2008 book, “On My Honor,” Perry wrote openly, active gays would distract from scouting’s mission which is “character building, not sex education.”


Task Force Donates To Miami Foundation

The National LGBTQ Task Force presented the Miami Foundation with its annual award donation during a ceremony July 16 at Bacardi USA Headquarters in Coral Gables. The donation of $262,769 was the largest amount since the Task Force began operating Winter Party, said Richard Murray, Task Force member. Since 2005, the Task Force has donated $1.85 million to South Florida LGBTQ organizations. In 2014, the Task Force’s annual donation was able to provide grants to 22 South Florida LGBTQ organizations. The grants are made possible by the Miami Foundation.