Ugandan MPs Walk Out In Protest of The Kill The Gays Bill

Further continuing to defy western expectations that us poor oppressed marginalized people of color aren’t possessive of our agency, Ugandan female members of parliament staged a walk in explicit protest of the anti-homosexuality bill. Colorlines via AP reports that the bill is due for a special hearing today.

Bahati’s original bill would mandate a death sentence for active homosexuals living with HIV or in cases of same-sex rape. “Serial offenders” also would face capital punishment. Anyone convicted of a homosexual act would face life imprisonment.

Anyone who “aids, abets, counsels or procures another to engage of acts of homosexuality” would face seven years in prison. Landlords who rent rooms or homes to homosexuals also could get seven years.

If the bill is picked up by the next session, some, all or none of those provision could change during parliament negotiations.

CNN reports that the State Departments official position is condemnation of the bill:

The State Department Thursday condemned a proposed bill in the Ugandan parliament that could make engaging in homosexual acts a capital offense punishable by death. The bill may be debated Friday by the Ugandan parliament.

“No amendments, no changes, would justify the passage of this odious bill,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. “Both (President Barack Obama) and (Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) publicly said it is inconsistent with universal human rights standards and obligations.”

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The State Department says the current bill appeared on the parliament’s agenda Wednesday but lawmakers adjourned without debating it. The parliament plans to reconvene Friday, but Toner said it is not clear whether the bill will be debated or whether an amended bill still contains the death penalty.

Meanwhile the original author of the bill, and prime proponent of the proposal, David Bahati, continues to be a bigot in the most spectacular of ways, referring to homosexuals as victims in need of care.

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signal boost: Let’s Talk About Rape via Rosewater Sailor

[Trigger Warning for discussion of rape, depression]

Today, someone asked me why I’m “always talking about rape.” Not because they genuinely wanted to know, but because they wanted to communicate to me that they thought it was strange, or that they didn’t like it…The response I received was this: “Maybe you should stay silent. Talking about it makes people uncomfortable. You don’t like it when people joke about it, right? So why would you want to encourage people to talk about it then?”

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One can talk about rape without making a rape joke. I do it all the time, as a matter of fact. One can talk about the constant shaming of survivors and the victim-blaming attitudes that permeate every corner of our society. One can talk about the various online forums that are populated with people who don’t know if they’ve been raped because what happened to them doesn’t fit the “stranger in the alleyway” narrative we’ve all been taught since childhood. There are a million ways to discuss rape without minimizing the experiences of survivors or asking them to laugh in the face of their trauma.

read full post: I’m not asking. I’m demanding.

But I Thought We Lived In A Post-Racial Society (*sarcasm turned up to eleven*)

Go, go now and read: 10 Conversations On Racism I’m Sick Of Having With White People:

1) Racism Is Bad, 2) You Should Stay And Fight For Change, 3) I Don’t SEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Race!!!!!, 4) Being Expected To Take It, 5) Conflating Racism For Classism, 6) Erasing Racism From Racial Issues, 7) Prove It To Me, 8) I’m Really Not The Angry Militant POC You Think I Am, 9) Self-Esteem Negates All Racism, 10) Racism Is Not Happening In A Vacuum

and the follow up post, A MESSAGE FROM AN EDITOR TO RASCISTS WHITES: IF YOU CAN’T TAKE THE TRUTH THEN STAY THE FUCK AWAY FROM US NIGGERS!!!

In response to the most popular blog post we have ever had, 10 Conversations On Racism I’m Sick Of Having With White People; I would just like to say to all those arrogant white folks stay away from this site.  We here at this site have been producing very valuable and insightful information about Africans, Mexicans, Indigenous, and other colonized people for well over a year now.  Well what do you know, a post that made white people feel “uncomfortable” elicited the most responses.  That just tells me, we are hitting the wrong demographic, so I want to rectify that.  If you feel the need to tell us, the “Dark Hordes”, how your little feelings got hurt, then take your ass away from our site and develop you own called “Whitefolkscantakethetruth.com”!!!

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Another point I want to bring up in response to some of the apocryphal comments I read is that I always hear that women suffer like Black people, then how does a Black woman suffer then?  Tell me you arrogant bastards?  It’s clear to me that you equate being a “woman” with being a white woman, so Black women are beyond the purview for humanity.

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Did I forget to mention, I am one of the editors by the way.  Smile motherfuckers.

Well, yes.

May Be Relevant To Your Interests: Yahoo! Sells Delicious.

Delicious acquired:

Yahoo! Inc., the largest U.S. Web portal, sold its Web-bookmarking service Delicious to YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, part of a plan to offload underperforming sites.The service will become part of AVOS, a new Internet company, Hurley and Chen said today in a statement. Hurley is the chief executive officer of the new business.

“We’re excited to work with this fantastic community and take Delicious to the next level,” Hurley said. “We see a tremendous opportunity to simplify the way users save and share content they discover anywhere on the Web.”

“As we have said, part of our product strategy involves shifting our investment with off-strategy products to put better focus on our core strengths and fund new innovation,” Yahoo said in an e-mailed statement. “We believe this is the right move for the service, our users and our shareholders and look forward to watching the Delicious technology develop.”

The YouTube founders plan to “aggressively hire” to improve the service, making it easier to use. Hurley and Chen are relocating Delicious to San Mateo, California, near where they started YouTube.

This blogs bookmarks are still at ramblingfeminist@delicious

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