More chilling reports from Uganda, where the anti-gay Christian right is exporting their scientifically discredited theories on homosexuality. A three-day seminar in Kampala features anti-gay American, so-called "experts" who believe homosexuality can be "cured. On the first day, panelists suggested the rabidly anti-gay government should mandate "conversion therapy" on suspected gays and lesbians. On the second day, a film was shown that claims many gay Americans have been "cured" of homosexual desires.
Transgender lesbian Victor Mukasa, one of the few LGBT activists in Uganda, is attending the conference and blogging for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC). His report from Day Two:
A film was shown during the session before lunch featuring “ex-gay” Americans testifying about how they were “cured” of homosexuality. All described abuse and violence in their families during childhood and poor relationships with one of their parents. All were “born again Christians” who had “healed” from homosexuality.
Participants were shocked to hear such testimonies for the first time. They asked questions like, “How long does it take for one to heal from homosexuality?” and “Does it hurt?” One of the “ex-homosexuals” on the film testified that he had a poor relationship with his father. This led him to wanting to be with men looking for a father’s love. After the film one participant asked, “If he was looking for a father’s love from men, how did those relationships turn sexual? Would he have become sexual with his own father had they had a good relationship?”
Caleb Lee Brundidge finally took the stand. Caleb testified that he himself is an “ex-homosexual.” He shared the story of his “healing.” He did not have a very good relationship with his father and his “healing” came from inside himself. He realized that he was different from other men and decided that he wanted to be like others.
An LGBTI activist told me that Caleb was contradicting himself. “First he testified that he didn’t have a good relationship with his father. Later, when a participant noted that there are a lot of homosexuals that she knows that come from great families and have good relationships with their parents, Caleb interjected and said that he had a great relationship with his father."
Contradictions and lies are standard operating procedure in the "ex-gay" fraud. The social conservatives are losing the culture war in the United States. They consider Uganda as fertile ground for their discredited and harmful theories, especially on gays and the church, because that nation is experiencing a wave of evangelicalism.
Money quote from lesbian activist Kasha Jacqueline: "People were really brainwashed today. At the end of the workshop, most participants had a sense of gain. They smiled, hugged each other in what seemed like victory."
Some Background ...
Uganda Anti-Gay Conference: Forced "Ex-Gay" Therapy
Rare Court Victory for Uganda Gays
Uganda Launches Major Anti-Gay Offensive
Uganda' Muslim Cleric: Exile Gays
Uganda Ethics Minister Advises Gays to Leave
Report: "Abstinence Only" Policy Spreads HIV, Death
Bush Admin Funding Anti-Gay Groups in Uganda
UG Minister Receives Award for Anti-Gay Crusade