Metro Weekly

As Uganda looms, Hillary Clinton speaks out against efforts to “marginalize and criminalize” LGBT people worldwide

“We have to stand against any efforts to marginalize and criminalize and penalize members of the LGBT community worldwide.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking at the White House World AIDS Day press event in reference to U.S. funding of HIV/AIDS programs in Africa and the controversy surrounding a proposed “Anti-Homosexual Bill” introduced in Uganda‘s Parliament that would criminalize homosexuality and institute the death penalty for gay HIV-positive people. Clinton called such efforts “a step backwards on behalf of civil right” and “a step that undermines the effectiveness of efforts to fight the disease worldwide.” (Metro Weekly)

“[PEPFAR will] support policy change to address discrimination, including – as the secretary noted earlier – the situation in Uganda.”

Ambassador Dr. Eric Goosby, global AIDS coordinator with the US State Department, speaking at the same White House event and promising funding policy changes in response to the Ugandan anti-gay legislation. The U.S. PEPFAR program has committed billions of dollars to the fight against HIV in Africa. (Metro Weekly)

Sean Bugg is Editor Emeritus for Metro Weekly.