Sexuality and Intolerance in East Africa: Perspectives from Human Rights Scholars & Activists

The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, TransAfrica, Center for Constitutional Rights and Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) invite you to a Panel Discussion and Reception

Please join us for a discussion on sexualities and human rights in Africa.  Across the continent, false claims that homosexuality is "un-African" fuel violence and discrimination against LGBTI individuals for their sexual origentation and gender idenitity.  In Uganda, a proposed bill would institute the death penalty for the invented crime of "aggravated homosexuality."

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 9, 2011

COCKTAILS at 6:00PM PROGRAM at 6:30PM

Reception to Follow

EATONVILLE RESTAURANT, ZORA ROOM, 2121 14th STREET NW Washington DC 20009

Remarks By:

FRANK MUGISHA, 2011 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Aware Laureate and Executive Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG).  Mr. Mugisha, an openly gay activist and Ugandan human rights defender, advocates for LGBTI rights in Uganda in a climate of homophobia.

SYLVIA TAMALE, Dean in the Law Faculty at Makerere University, Uganda. Dr. Tamale, a feminist lawyer and scholar based in Uganda, is the editor of African Sexualities: A Reader, a seminal book mapping the plurality of African sexualities. 

MAKAU MUTUA, Dean, SUNY Distingushed Professor Floyd H. and Hilda L. Hurst Faculty Scholar, University of Buffalo Law School. Dean Mutua, a preeminent human rights scholar with extensive academic and fieldwork experience in Africa, is the author of a chapter in Tamale's Reader on sexual orientation and human rights.

Moderated by: NICOLE LEE: President, TransAfrica. Ms. Lee is the first President of TransAfrica to publicly commit to working on LGBTI issues in Africa and the Diaspora.  TransAfrica is the nation's oldest and largest African American foreign policy organization.

TransAfrica and the Center for Constitutional Rights nominated Frank Mugisha for the 2011 RFK Award.

Please RSVP to Gallagher@rfkcenter.org by November 7th. Space is Limited.