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The Necessity of a Mask

This image genuinely saddens me: the masked form of Moses, a Ugandan man who happens to be gay. Why the mask? Because he is speaking openly as a gay man, and because his life is in danger when he returns home to Uganda.

Moses spoke at a press conference hosted by LGBT groups hosting The American Prayer Hour, a “multi-city affirmation of inclusive values and a celebration of diversity.” It is a direct response to the troubling National Prayer Breakfast, an event sponsored by The Family–the group responsible for spurring the anti-gay legislation in Uganda.

Gay rights are a matter of equality and social justice. And in our fight for gay rights–really human rights–it’s important to acknowledge that ours is essentially one part of the culture wars.

Moses reminds us that in Uganda being gay is more than an intellectual argument; it’s a matter of life and death.


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  1. […] than a century ago for the same crime. With Malawi’s legal stance on homosexuality, what are the implications for gay rights–much less human rights–for other nations in the African […]

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Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is a Manhattan-based writer and non-profit manager. More

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