Gay USA 7/8/15

Special Guest:LESBIAN ACTIVIST KASHA JACQUELINE NABAGESERA, the founding mother of the Ugandan LGBT movement. We have been reporting on the repressive, anti-gay regime in Uganda for years now. Kasha has been on the front lines of the effort to fight for LGBT rights there since 1999, founding Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG) and, with gay activist David Kato, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG). Kato was murdered for being gay. In the face of these threats, Kasha and her comrades started a print magazine last year on LGBT issues in Uganda (“Bombastic Magazine”) and contribute to the Kuchu Times website keeping us updated on LGBT rights throughout Africa.Kasha updates us on the status of anti-gay legislation in Uganda, her fight against American evangelicals who are poisoning Uganda with homophobia, and her work throughout Africa to bring justice to LGBT people. Kasha was a grand marshal of New York’s Heritage of Pride march on June 28 along with Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen.News:Marriage is open to same-sex couples in all 50 states, but there are still pockets of resistance.Some governors issue executive orders exempting state workers and others with religious objections from having to have anything to do with the marriage of same-sex couples.A New Jersey jury decides that “conversion therapy” constitutes fraud.The Episcopal Church approves liturgies for the church marriages of same-sex couples.In other news of minor miracles, the Mormon Church donates to the Utah LGBT Center and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NY looks as if it will open itself to an Irish LGBT group after 25 years of protest.Six were arrested outside the White House protesting the detention of LGBT asylum seekers.In Philadelphia, 50 years of gay activism is celebrated.The Fire Island Pines Invasion by drag queens turns into a protest against gay traitors.Catholic gay activists are not happy with the Vatican’s working document on family issues.

Andy reviews the John Singer Sargent exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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