2012-01-26 / Faith

Ugandan gay rights activist to speak in Thousand Oaks

Mark Kiyimba Mark Kiyimba A Unitarian Universalist minister from Uganda, who received threats against his life for speaking out against an anti-homosexuality bill in his country, will speak at a Community Forum at 7:30 p.m. Sat., Jan. 28 at the Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3327 Old Conejo Road, Newbury Park.

The event is free and open to the public; donations will be accepted.

The Rev. Mark Kiyimba fled Uganda last March in fear for his life. He has been addressing groups across the U.S. about a bill in the Ugandan Parliament that proposed the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality.” That provision was dropped last May, but the bill would impose life imprisonment for homosexual acts and jail terms of seven years for anyone counseling or abetting people in such acts.

Kiyimba is the founder of a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Kampala, Uganda. He also established a home for children who lost parents to AIDS or are HIV-positive themselves, and he opened a primary school in a village near Masaka, Uganda.

Kiyimba will also speak at the 9:15 and 11 a.m. services on Sun., Jan. 29 at the UU fellowship about the church’s efforts to support human rights in Uganda. His local appearance will be his final stop in the U.S. before returning to his native country.

Call (805) 374-9818 or visit http://forum.cvuuf.org.

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