Archive for December, 2009
In Uganda, proposed legislation is under consideration which would impose the death penalty for certain gay individuals. Family and friends may face up to seven years in jail if they fail to report any gay family member to the authorities. Other measures are being proposed which severely penalize anyone who rents, befirends, or supports a gay individual. Gay rights activists and organizations are seeking the best ways to halt this legislation and to lend support to the growing and persecuted gay minorities in Africa. How horrifying, and how reminiscent of Nazi Germany, that such measures are being seriously considered by any country or government in the 21st century!
On the Saturday, the Episcopal diocese of Los Angeles chose the Rev. Mary Glasspool as its next assistant bishop. If approved by the larger Council on Bishops, Rev. Glasspool will become the demonimation’s first openly gay female official. The previous appointment of diocesan bishop Gene Robinson, who is also gay, sharply divided the American Episcopal Church and continues to be a topic for discussion and dissent. Glasspool later commented on her election and called it a victory for anyone who is gay. She says “Any group of people who have been oppressed because of any one, isolated, aspect of their person yearns for justice and equal rights.”