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Integrity Press Release: Integrity USA announces Bishop Christopher Senyonjo's US tour

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    May 7, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Integrity USA announces Bishop Christopher Senyonjo s US tour to speak against kill the gays bill in Uganda. Bishop
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      May 7, 2010


      Integrity USA announces Bishop Christopher Senyonjo's US tour to speak
      against "kill the gays" bill in Uganda.

      Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, chaplain of Integrity Uganda, launches a
      speaking tour in the USA to denounce worldwide homophobia and Uganda's
      "anti-homosexuality bill" which could lead to Senyonjo's arrest for his
      support of the LGBT community. Senyonjo, one of the few Ugandan Anglican
      bishops or priests who strongly condemns the bill, calls it a gross
      violation of human rights. He is a married, grandfather of 11, and will
      visit California, Minneapolis, New York and Washington, D.C.

      Bishop Christopher has paid a high price for his consistent advocacy for
      LGBT persons. In 2006, he was stripped of all church responsibilities and
      financial support and he is no longer recognized as a bishop in the Anglican
      Church of Uganda. Instead of bowing to church intimidation, his courageous
      response has been to speak out even more strongly for the human rights of
      gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people as the tide of persecution in
      Uganda is rising.

      Uganda already allows imprisonment of gay people, but the proposed law would
      propose more harsh sentencing including the death penalty, life
      imprisonment, extradition and required reporting by friends and family. This
      new law was proposed after a series American anti-gay Evangelicals and
      writers visited Uganda.

      Many of these anti-gay advocates call gay rights "evil" and make outrageous
      claims, i.e. blaming the gay community for the Nazi holocaust. Despite
      direct appeals and protests by pro-LGBT faith leaders across the country and
      recently in Kansas City and Washington, D.C., anti-gay advocates from the US
      will travel to Uganda to hold more rallies in support of the draconian law.

      "Bishop Christopher is the Desmond Tutu of Uganda," said The Rev. Canon
      Albert Ogle, Integrity USA's VP of International Affairs, "and we support
      his witness and his speaking truth to power at a time when few will oppose
      what amounts to state-legislated genocide."

      Integrity USA, a 35 year old LGBT advocacy group within the Episcopal Church
      is the sponsor of Bishop Christopher visit. Integrity Uganda could soon be
      outlawed if the proposed law is passed.

      CITIES ON THE TOUR : Overall tour coordination: Rev, Canon Albert J. Ogle
      Vice President for National and International Affairs, Integrity USA
      aogle@... 949 338 8830

      Los Angeles May 10-16 Louise Brooks louise@...

      Sacramento May 17-18 Rev. Brian Baker trybaker@... 916 446

      San Diego May 19-21 Rev. Canon Albert Ogle aogle@... 949 338 883

      Orange County May 15-16, 21 Rev. Canon Albert Ogle aogle@... 949 338

      San Francisco May 22-26 Rev. John Kirkley rector@... 415 861 1436

      Andrea Shorter andrea@... 415 581 0005

      Minneapolis May 27- 31 Rev. Mark Thompson markthompson@...;

      Rev. Dr. Cynthia Black revclb@....

      New York June 6-8, 13-17 Rev. Patti Ackermann pattiac@... 917 488 9929

      Washington, DC TBA


      Bishop Christopher's tour is made possible by the generous donations of
      members of Integrity USA, the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, Los
      Angeles and New York; the Domestic Workers Union of America, Equality
      California, Linda and Rick Miles, Changing Attitude Ireland, Human Rights
      Campaign and the support of many local organizations and individuals.
      Donations to the work of Integrity Uganda can be made online to
      http://www.iintegrityusa.org/ and directed to The Hopkins Fund.

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