Uganda: As AIDS worsens, archbishop is an obstacle
The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle, who fought AIDS in Uganda in the 1990s and then saw it rebound in recent years, returned there recently to work on developing a gay-straight health-care alliance to continue the fight. He made progress, but the homophobic Church of Uganda continues to give higher priority to demonizing homosexuals than to comforting the afflicted, as this account of his run-in with former Archbishop Henry Orombi shows:
Thirteen years later, I found myself back in Kampala to support the work of Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, who is the only Anglican bishop in Uganda who has opposed the Bahati bill [the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, also known as the “Kill the Gays” bill] and gives counseling and services to the LGBT community.
Despite church sanctions, he continues to offer an inclusive and alternative narrative to the whole community and has built up an interesting gay/straight alliance for people who work together…
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