In response to Uganda’s recent reintroduction of a bill that would mandate extreme punishment of its gay citizens, a Change.org petition urging Citibank and Barclays to condemn the legislation has collected over 190,000 signatures since its launch just four days ago.
Citibank and Barclays are two of the world’s biggest banks, and both have major operations in Uganda. The petition notes that both banks have strong records of supporting their LGBT employees; Citibank gets a 100% on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, and Barclays was recently named the most LGBT-friendly company in all of Scotland.
Says the Change.org petition:
“With the ‘Kill the Gays’ bill looming in Uganda’s parliament, Citibank and Barclays have unique and necessary voices that could help stop this bill in its tracks. Their presence in Uganda is significant, and their voices in opposition to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill could have a profound impact in keeping LGBT people safe in Uganda.”
The so-called “Kill the Gays” bill was first introduced in Uganda in 2009, including a provision calling for the death penalty for certain acts. The bill was tabled last year, but reintroduced three weeks ago by gay-hating legislator David Bahati (left).
Watch Rachel Maddow rip David Bahati a new a-hole in 2010 here.
More importantly, sign the Change.org petition here.
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