God loves Uganda: America’s Christian right targets homosexuals in Africa

The Guardian
Aug 5, 2013

Film portrays country as a battle-ground where evangelical missionaries lead the fight against ‘sexual immorality’

In July, a US civil rights organisation report highlighted the relationship between American religious-right groups and homophobic attitudes in Belize and other countries.

“These groups are pouring fuel on an exceedingly volatile fire,” said the report’s author, Heidi Beirich. “They know they have lost the battle against LGBT rights in the US, and they’re now aiding and abetting anti-LGBT forces in countries where anti-gay violence is prevalent.”

Against this backdrop God Loves Uganda seeks to explore the impact that evangelism is having on Ugandan culture. As western funding and missionaries arrive in the country, so does western political influence. But, what does this mean for Uganda’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community?

Last week Dochouse held a screening of the film at the Institute of Contemporary Arts followed by a live Q & A session. The Guardian spoke to audience member Godwyns Onwuchekwa as well as panel guests: Jonathan Cooper of the Human Dignity Trust and human rights campaigner Prossy Kakooza about the film.

Source: Adaobi Ifeachor & Full Credit Productions



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