Uganda's Highest Peak Claimed for Gay Pride to Protest Draconian Law

Emerson Rensink | The Anti-Media

In a gutsy move, California-based activist and entrepreneur Neal Gottlieb trolled the government of Uganda with a bold display of gay pride.

Gottlieb, also an accomplished mountaineer, planted a rainbow flag on the highest peak in Uganda, the summit of Margherita Peak on Mount Stanley, at an elevation of over 16 thousand feet. He then wrote a letter to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni challenging him “to climb up and take it down” if he “doesn’t like it.”

Gottlieb’s actions came in response to the legislation enacted earlier this year that puts a life sentence on homosexuality in Uganda.

It also mandates that homosexual acts be reported by citizens.

For his reasoning when signing the bill into law, President Museveni said, “I cannot understand why a man can’t be attracted to a beautiful woman and instead get attracted to a fellow man.” He also stated his hope that scientists would be able to rehabilitate the country’s homosexuals, despite research showing that “ex-gaying” techniques are both harmful and ineffective.

A 2012 press release by the World Health Organization opened by stating: “Services that purport to ‘cure’ people with non-heterosexual sexual orientation lack medical justification and represent a serious threat to the health and well-being of affected people.”

The paper went on to quote Pan American Health Organization Director Dr. Mirta Roses Periago: “These practices are unjustifiable and should be denounced and subject to sanctions and penalties under national legislation. These supposed conversion therapies constitute a violation of the ethical principles of health care and violate human rights that are protected by international and regional agreements.”

The seriousness of Uganda’s new anti-gay law prompted Gottlieb to claim Uganda’s highest point for the country’s gay.

“Your country’s highest point is no longer its soil, its snow or a summit marker, but rather a gay pride flag waving brilliantly, shining down from above as a sign of protest and hope behalf of the many thousands of Ugandans that you seek to repress and the many more that understand the hideous nature of your repressive legislation.”

The full letter can be read at The Bilerico Project here.

Like this article? Rate it below!

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Please feel free to re-publish any information from this article in part or in full, giving credit to the author and including a link to the original source.

Emerson Rensink is an Olympia-trans*planted activist, organizer and citizen journalist. He helped organize the global March Against Monsanto in May 2013. In addition to writing for The Anti-Media, Emerson’s work can be found at Center for a Stateless Society. In his free time, Emerson likes to watch depressing documentaries and find funny, pointless things on the Internet.

Follow Emerson on Twitter: @emersonrensink

Since you’re here…

…We have a small favor to ask. Fewer and fewer people are seeing Anti-Media articles as social media sites crack down on us, and advertising revenues across the board are quickly declining. However, unlike many news organizations, we haven’t put up a paywall because we value open and accessible journalism over profit — but at this point, we’re barely even breaking even. Hopefully, you can see why we need to ask for your help. Anti-Media’s independent journalism and analysis takes substantial time, resources, and effort to produce, but we do it because we believe in our message and hope you do, too.

If everyone who reads our reporting and finds value in it helps fund it, our future can be much more secure. For as little as $1 and a minute of your time, you can support Anti-Media. Thank you. Click here to support us