Uganda's Anti Homesexuality Bill [PDF] is disturbing, across the board. Certain groups are take a harder hit, including the Deaf community. If you think LGBTQ issues have nothing to do with you, because "I'm straight" you're wrong.
You do not have to be gay to be sentenced to death under this bill.
I will go into why in a moment.
However, a bit of background. The bill creates an offence (amongst others) called Aggravated Homosexuality (s.3). If you participate in Aggravated Homosexuality, this is your sentence:
s.3(2) A person who commits the offence of aggravated homosexuality shall be liable on conviction to suffer death.
You can commit such an offence, if you have a sex with a person of the same gender, and the "victim" having a disability (s.3(e)). Victim in this context does not mean rape, but includes what is usually regarded as consensual (agreed) sex. However, here disabled people are treated not to be able to give consent to sex.
Don't think this includes Deaf people? Wrong!
"disability" means a substantial limitation of daily life activities caused by ... sensory impairment and employment barriers resulting in limited participation. (page 4)
The proposed law says: Deaf people are incapable of understanding what is going on and they cannot give consent. It assumes Deaf people (amongst others) are stupid, and do not have autonomy.
Whatever your sexual orientation, every Deaf person should take offence at that.
So to recap, if anyone of the same gender has sex with a Deaf person and the authorities find out about it: they get sentenced to death. If you don't think the authorities will find out, read on.
The Bill does not just impact LGBTQ people but anyone. Aggravated homosexuality includes all “serial offenders".
1. You're someone who has gay sex once and doesn’t turn his partner in to the authorities.
2. You're a straight person who doesn’t turn in gay friend(s) into the authorities (Part III).
Then you get sentenced to death.
Just think about that for a moment. You know the Deaf community is small and intimate nature due to being bound by a common language. Find out some random information about someone in a social situation, and if you don't tell: you get sentenced to death. You do not need to be gay, to risk being sentenced to death.
If that does not disturb you to the core, I really don't know what will. Go and read the bill for yourself [PDF], if you don't believe me.
I guess few will be travelling to Uganda anytime soon, but one has to wonder about basic human rights of Deaf people (and many others, in fact everyone) out there. Exactly who is protecting individuals against fundamental human rights? And where the hell is WFD in all this?
Waking up Now: Uganda's Kill-the-Straight-Friends-of-Gays Bill (discovered via @zephoria).