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The Cat is out of the Bag, Obama declares June LGBT Pride Month

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

___________________________________________________________
For Immediate Release June 1, 2009

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2009
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Out of this resistance, the LGBT rights movement in America was born. During LGBT Pride Month, we commemorate the events of June 1969 and commit to achieving equal justice under law for LGBT Americans.

LGBT Americans have made, and continue to make, great and lasting contributions that continue to strengthen the fabric of American society. There are many well-respected LGBT leaders in all professional fields, including the arts and business communities. LGBT Americans also mobilized the Nation to respond to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic and have played a vital role in broadening this country’s response to the HIV pandemic.

Due in no small part to the determination and dedication of the LGBT rights movement, more LGBT Americans are living their lives openly today than ever before. I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration. These individuals embody the best qualities we seek in public servants, and across my Administration — in both the White House and the Federal agencies — openly LGBT employees are doing their jobs with distinction and professionalism.

The LGBT rights movement has achieved great progress, but there is more work to be done. LGBT youth should feel safe to learn without the fear of harassment, and LGBT families and seniors should be allowed to live their lives with dignity and respect.

My Administration has partnered with the LGBT community to advance a wide range of initiatives. At the international level, I have joined efforts at the United Nations to decriminalize homosexuality around the world. Here at home, I continue to support measures to bring the full spectrum of equal rights to LGBT Americans. These measures include enhancing hate crimes laws, supporting civil unions and Federal rights for LGBT couples, outlawing discrimination in the workplace, ensuring adoption rights, and ending the existing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in a way that strengthens our Armed Forces and our national security. We must also commit ourselves to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic by both reducing the number of HIV infections and providing care and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS across the United States.

These issues affect not only the LGBT community, but also our entire Nation. As long as the promise of equality for all remains unfulfilled, all Americans are affected. If we can work together to advance the principles upon which our Nation was founded, every American will benefit. During LGBT Pride Month, I call upon the LGBT community, the Congress, and the American people to work together to promote equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

BARACK OBAMA

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Yusuf Muguluma’s Affidavit

THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA

IN THE MATTER OF STATUTORY DECLARATION ACT, CAP 22

IN THE MATTER OF DECLARATION OF FORCED SODOMY
AFFIDAVIT

I YUSUF KYASANKU MUGULUMA of C/o Kaggwa & Company Advocates, P.O Box 6624 Kampala, do solemnly make oath and declare as follows:

1. THAT I am a male adult of sound mind and the victim of forced sodomy by Pastor Dr Handel Lesley of Abundant Life Church, Bunamwaya, and make oath.

2. THAT at about 1.30 pm one day, about the year 1999, I phoned pastor Handel Lesley for whom I had worked for some time as his church painter, for the money he owed me amounting to U Shs 500,000 (five hundred thousand Shillings). He told me that since he was conducting a lunch-hour service at Kansanga Miracle Center, I meet him at his home at Lubowa at 7.00pm.

3. THAT after getting a one way taxi fare, I went to his home at the appointed time as he told me and his armed guard let me in after consulting him.

4. That when inside, I found him seated in his dinning room and after welcoming me, he offered me some juice from a freezer, and after about 5 minutes, he asked me to let him have anal sex with me and openly told me that he was a practicing gay (homosexual). I was shocked for though I had heard rumors that he was sodomizing young boys, I had never encountered any victim of his to prove them. I trusted him as a man of God who couldn’t involve in such dirty activity.

5. That even though I told him that such an action was just too much for me to consent to; he told me that I would not get hurt. When I insisted on a no, he continued nagging me instead of paying me and I leave, and later called in a boy to whom he introduced me as a friend and ordered him to serve us food after which he bid us good-night.

6. That it was night and he knew that I had no money to transport me back home or money to sustain my family in the coming days.

7. That after super, he told me that I had no alternative but to agree to anal sex with him or else, he would call in the Police to arrest me as a thief. This disempowered me and though I pleaded that we arrange to do it on another day, he refused and insisted on it then.

8. That to further coerce me into the act, he told me that it wasn’t only him involved in sodomy, that many powerful people in Uganda and abroad were involved, and that if I refused, I would get into regrettable problems.

9. That he promised to take me abroad, give me money and many other gifts, and all necessary treatment and care if I developed any complications. He also promised me medicine to build up my body for sodomy.

10. That to give me courage into the act, he went into his bedroom, returned with what I recognized to be an intoxicating substance folded in paper like a cigar and a lotion and told me that if I used them, no pain or hurt would be felt. He told me that even before preaching, he would use the substance to gain strength to preach. When I smoked it, I felt weakened.
11. That at that point, he took me into his bedroom and in a small unlit room therein, he sodomized me. Though I felt pain, I had nothing to do for we were only the two of us in there.

12. That after the act, he showed me a bottle of whisky and said I could use it if I felt pain.

13. That before leaving his home, he ordered me to take a full bathe, to which I complied.

14. That he also strongly warned me that if I ever dared to expose what he had done to me, I would get myself into deep trouble, which I believed because at the time, some powerful political and military figures were not only frequenting his church but were close to him.

15. That after the incident, he gave me U Shs 30,000 (thirty thousand Shillings) of the UShs 500,000 (five hundred thousand) he owed me, promising to pay the balance on his return abroad, a promise he never honored.

16. That because of the incident, I developed pain, anal complications, trauma, depression, psychological torture and regrets and my life has never been the same again. I also developed hatred for Christianity which has been gradually growing into desire to revenge.

17. That since the incident, I have been silent about what happened because of stigma and fear to court trouble from my powerful abuser for I had been strongly fore-warned against the option.

18. That it has been Pr Moses Solomon Male’s openness in confronting church leaders’ evils, his commitment to stand with victims and the counsel and encouragement he has given me since my first encounter with him at the Bukedde FM kimeeza (open public talk-show) and subsequent counseling sessions at his office that have given me courage to break my silence and seek proper medical treatment and redress and ensure that what happened to me doesn’t happen to others.

19. I declare that what is contained herein is true to the best of my knowledge, information and belief.

Declared at Kampala this …………. Day of ………………… 2008
By the said

__________________________
DECLARANT
BEFORE ME:

______________________________________
COMMISSIONER FOR OATHS/ MAGISTRATE

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Matovu Robson’s Affidavit

THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA

IN THE MATTER OF STATUTORY DECLARATION ACT, CAP 22

IN THE MATTER OF DECLARATION OF FORCED SODOMY

AFFIDAVIT

I ROBSON MATOVU of C/o Kaggwa & Company Advocates, P.O Box 6624 Kampala, do solemnly make oath and declare as follows:

1. THAT I am a male adult of sound mind, now resident of Mr Kalema’s houses, Wagaba Zone, Rubaga, near Buganda Royal Institute and the victim of sodomy by Pr Robert Kayanja of Rubaga Miracle Center Cathedral, and make oath.

2. THAT my father, Matovu Sula and mother, Doreen Uola, separated in my childhood. When my father took on another wife, she mistreated me and because I didn’t know my mother’s whereabouts then, I dropped out of school in Primary 4 and became a street boy in the 1990s, living on Dewinton Road, Kampala.

3. THAT in the late 1990s, Mrs Sekitoleko who was a member of Rubaga Miracle Center Cathedral, then working at Communication House Kampala, got me off the street and took me to her children home, ACEND, near Bulange, where I lived with about 15 other children who included Swaibu, Dan, Walusimbi, Hassan, Lawrence, Kavuma, Nyanzi, Avanzin, Longonyo and Patrick (now in USA).

4. THAT when Mrs Sekitoleko died in 2000, Pr. Robert Kayanja’s Miracle Centre Cathedral took me and a few other children on, while some returned to the street and the children’s home changed name from ACEND to OPEN DOORS.

5. THAT at church (Rubaga Miracle Centre Cathedral), I joined the Mass choir.

6. THAT about 2003, I discovered that my mother was working as a laborer on a farm in Nakasongola, but with a healthy problem.

7. THAT when I got some money, I joined second hand clothing business at Owino market, hired a house to stay in at Nakulabye and brought my ailing mother to stay with me.

8. THAT when her situation got worse, I decided to tell Pr Robert Kayanja, before whom I had started getting favored and could at times sit and discuss with him.

9. THAT when I told him about my mother’s problem, he gave me One hundred and fifty thousand Shillings (Shs 150,000) to take her for medical examinations which showed that she had developed a hole on her heart which required her two million eight hundred thousand Shillings (U Shs 2,800,000) to get treatment, which we couldn’t raise.

10. THAT when I took the report to him at church, he invited me to his home at Ntinda with promise to look into the matter.

11. THAT when at his home, he told me that if I wanted him to pay for my mother’s treatment, he would if I also helped him in his ‘problem’ which required him to sleep with me in bed. Shocked and confused, I told him that I would return to him later after forethought.

12. THAT when I returned home that day, I had a very sleepless night seeing my mother in agony and without any ability to provide for her treatment. I was also haunted by the fact that the only person who could support required me to let him sodomize me. Therefore, alternativeless, I decided to go back to Pr Kayanja and let him sodomize me for money.

13. THAT on the following day, I returned to Pr Kayanja’s home at Ntinda and he sodomized me in the absence of his wife.

14. THAT the act proved very painful to me after which he gave me Five hundred thousand Shillings (Shs 500,000) and told me to collect the balance on the following day.

15. THAT when I went for the balance on the following day, he demanded that I surrender to him to sodomize me again. When I refused and told him that I would never do it again, he angrily gave me One million five hundred thousand Shillings (U Shs 1,500,000) and charged me never to tell anyone that he ever sodomized me, warning that if I ever did, I would die.

16. THAT very upset, I gave the money to my uncle, Santo Uola who took charge of my mother’s medical treatment and I moved to stay in Entebbe with a friend, Matovu Ronald (now in Botswana), because I didn’t want her to know what I was going through and that to get the money for her treatment, I had been sodomized by Pr Robert Kayanja, a man so greatly respected.

17. THAT even during my five months’ stay in Entebbe, I never told my friend what I was really going through.

18. THAT since the incident, my life has continued to struggle with trauma. Sometimes my stool comes with blood and I feel pains almost every after six months.

19. THAT I never went for treatment after the sodomy incident.

20. THAT after my 5 months stay in Entebbe, I returned to church determined never to depend on the church again. I soon befriended Mr Bindu, an electrical engineer and member of Rubaga Miracle Centre Cathedral, who trained me in electrical repairs and installations and I have been working with till recently when I decided to quit Rubaga Miracle Centre altogether.

21. THAT in Jan 2009, I heard about the ongoing campaign against sodomy in church, led by Pr Male, Pr Kyazze and Pr Sempa, through my friend Brian Ntwatwa, who referred me to Pr Sempa first.

22. THAT I soon met and shared my story with Pr Sempa who thereafter went abroad, then Brian referred me to Pr Michael Kyazze who finally referred me to Pr Male.

23. THAT when Pr Robert Kayanja realized that I had gained access to the anti-gay campaign pastors, he set spies on me. My brother Lubega George whom I took into Rubaga Miracle Centre Cathedral started asking me why I talking about Pr Kayanja.

24. THAT when we went to Deliverance Church, Makerere, one of Pr Kayanja’s body guards called Kinobe, in the company of other men followed me, and I told George Oundo about it. So when leaving the church, I used the rear door and escaped from them, through the valley onto Bombo Road. At home, I learnt that mysterious men had also sought me.

25. THAT one day, I got an SMS message saying that if I didn’t pull out of the sodomy expose, I would be killed. I immediately gave away my phone and threw away the line, 0779186809. And since then, I have lived in fear for my life.
26. THAT I want Pr Robert Kayanja’s indulgence in sodomy exposed so that other vulnerable children don’t fall prey. During my close contact with him, I witnessed many desperate boys seek to privately meet him and I suspect that they too could have had similar experiences with him like I had, because all are charged to keep it secret.

27. THAT Brian Ntwatwa is among the boys I used to meet at Pr Robert Kayanja’s home at Ntinda, but later quit church, though he surfaced later trying to get the pastor’s sodomy victims. I believe he must have rightly suspected me sodomized then referred me to Pr Ssempa because I had never before shared my story with him.

28. I declare that what is contained herein is true to the best of my knowledge, information and belief.

Declared at Kampala this …………. Day of ………………… 2009

By the said

__________________________
DECLARANT

BEFORE ME:

______________________________________
COMMISSIONER FOR OATHS/ MAGISTRATE

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Samson Mukisa’s Affidavit

THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA

IN THE MATTER OF STATUTORY DECLARATION ACT, CAP 22

IN THE MATTER OF DECLARATION OF FORCED SODOMY

AFFIDAVIT

I SAMSON MUKISA of C/o Kaggwa & Company Advocates, P.O Box 6624 Kampala, do solemnly make oath and declare as follows:

1. THAT I am a male adult of sound mind, born 1990 and the victim of forced sodomy by Pastor Robert Kayanja of Rubaga Miracle Center Cathedral, and make oath.

2. THAT I joined Rubaga Miracle Center in 2003, following my father, the late Richard Bulega of Kitende, Kajjansi, along Kampala – Entebbe Road, who had had been a member for some time. We used to be ferried freely every Sunday by the church buses.

3. THAT my mother, Nansubuga Oliver had died in 2000.

4. THAT when my father died in 2004, I stopped attending services at Rubaga Miracle Center due to lack of transport for even the church buses had stopped plying our route.

5. THAT when I clocked 18 years in February 2008, my family members told me that I must start performing our clan spiritual rituals because I had inherited the names of my grandfather whose will had been that when I clock 18 years, I must start performing all the clan spiritual rituals he used to perform. Because I had already accepted Christ as my personal Savior, I declined involvement in the spiritual rituals and during the clan meeting that followed on a Sunday, I was banished from both my family and clan.

6. THAT with no other option, I decided to go to Rubaga Miracle Center where Pr Kayanja had a ministry helping street children. When there, I told him my problem and he welcomed me into his ministry as one of the homeless children till I left under very painful circumstances.

7. THAT in the street children ministry, the pastor in-charge was called Wampampa and I used to participate in all activities that included music and drama competitions amongst the groups.

8. THAT one Sunday evening, after Pr Kayanja’s return from Rwanda and Mbarara trips, we had competitions from which a winner was to be established. Pastor Kayanja attended the function. Group A, which I headed won the competitions. Immediately after announcing the winner, Pr Kayanja sent one of my fellow children named John to call me to him.

9. THAT when before pastor Kayanja, he told me how I had sung so well and to congratulate me, he offered to take me out to a hotel for dinner.

10. THAT soon thereafter before the end of the function, he drove me to a hotel whose name and location I do not know, but as far as I can remember, had more white guests than black ones and fewer women, and had a wall fencing with a gate, and parking inside.

11. THAT at the hotel, he bought for me chips, chicken, sausages and soda, and he ate sausages and splash juice.

12. THAT after supper, he left me seated and went out and on his return, he told me that his vehicle had failed to start, and further, that Police patrol might arrest him. He told me that he would book a room for us to stay till the morning. Since I knew nothing evil about him, I had no reason to object to his proposal of a night at the hotel.

13. THAT he booked one self-contained room, which had only one bedding. When I asked whether we were to share the bed, he told me that in the hotel were spare mattresses; he would call the reception for other beddings so that I leave the bed for him.
14. THAT as he directed me, I took a bathe. While I was bathing, he called the reception for one plate of chips and two glasses of juice which I found on table after bathing.

15. THAT though I was already full, he compelled me to eat and drink, stressing, he had spent money on the order and was not willing to lose it.

16. THAT a few minutes after I had eaten and taken the juice, I lost my senses, and by the time I woke up on Monday morning I was on the same bed with Pr Kayanja and he had already dressed up; and on the bed were used condoms, and I was feeling great pain in my anus. I immediately realized that he had sodomized me without my consent. However, I could not dare confront him because of the power he had: he had powerful bodyguards and access to the President of Uganda. I feared for my life. I knew that he had capacity to kill me.

17. THAT he immediately told me to dress up, without bathing and we left for the car. To my surprise, the car started normally and he took me back to the church.

18. THAT after about one week, he came to our residence and found me in bed, I could neither walk nor tell anyone what had happened to me. When he sought to know what my problem was and I told him of the pains in anus, he charged me never to tell anyone what he had done to me, that his status would be damaged, and that if I ever did, I would live for just one week and die.

19. THAT he immediately phoned a female medical doctor who came with all necessary medications and tools a few minutes later and she (the doctor) dressed and sowed up my anus, and gave me medicine to swallow. However, on the report that she handed to Pr Kayanja, I saw her write about me in Luganda, ‘Mutabufu wa mutwe,’ meaning; ‘He is insane.’

20. THAT about two weeks later, Pr Kayanja came to see me and inquired of my situation. When I told him that I had greatly improved, he left.

21. THAT the following day, Pr Kayanja’s two bodyguards came to me, held and bundled me up and told me, they had instructions to take me to Kampiringisa juvenile prison, which I had already heard of from fellow children at the church. As I resisted being pushed into their car, I got injured on my right leg and gave in.

22. THAT at Kampiringisa, the bodyguards told the female medical doctor on duty that I was insane. On examination however, she told them she could find nothing wrong with my mental state and could therefore not accept me.

23. THAT immediately, one of the bodyguards handed an envelope to the doctor, compelling her to change mind and receive me. The bodyguards left me there.

24. THAT after about one month, the female doctor was replaced by a male doctor who checked us afresh on one Sunday. When he found me to be of sound mind and sought to know why I had been taken there, I told him my story which greatly moved him. That same Sunday night he took me out of Kampiringisa. I spent the night at his home and in the morning, Monday, he put on a taxi to Kampala.

25. THAT when the taxi dropped me in the New Taxi Park, I inquired of the way to Kajjansi and when directed, I footed till Namasuba where I sought for a well to quench my thirst. I was directed to the well which wasn’t far from Berkeley High School. At the well I sighted students eating lunch and thought I could also be given.

26. THAT at Berkeley High School, the cook promised to give me lunch on condition that I fetched water for the school every morning, to which I agreed. I spent the night at a nearby incomplete house and on the following day, I started working for food; fetching water every morning, and sleeping in the incomplete house.

27. THAT on the evening of the third day of my working at the school, I heard praising at the nearby church which I later found to be Omega Healing Center, Namasuba, headed by Pr Michael Kyazze. I joined the service and continued attending the evening services.

28. THAT during the following Sunday service at Omega, Pr Michael Kyazze raised the issue of sodomy in church and asked whoever had testimony about it to meet any of the pastors at the church. He also announced that on the following Sunday, we would have a special evening service tackling the evils going on in church, and the coming of Pastor Moses Solomon Male and other guests to address the problem. I thought he was lying; they would not seriously rise to the challenge of sodomy in church.

29. THAT on the appointed Sunday, October 26th 2008, during the special service, Pr Male came with victims, and shared his experience in fighting against the rot in church, among which was sodomy. Some of the victims he came with also testified about sodomy by pastors. It was a very moving experience for me and I got courage to break my silence about victimization by Pr Robert Kayanja of Rubaga Miracle Center Cathedral.

30. THAT on the following Thursday, I met Pr Felix Semuju of Omega Healing Center and shared my experience with him. He immediately took me to Pr Bob. At that time Pr Kyazze was abroad and when he returned, Pr Bob introduced me to him. After narrating my experience to him, he counseled me and offered to take care of me and since then, I am under his care, and he has introduced me to people who have also encouraged me not to keep silent, but stand courageously.

31. THAT as a result of my experience with Pr Kayanja, I have suffered emotional and physical hurt too deep to immediately heal, and have continually been traumatized. Many times I have shed tears, regretting why I had gone to him for solace.

32. THAT since October 26th 2008, I have encountered other sodomy victims which has compelled me to openly share my story and seek redress so that what happened to me and to others doesn’t happen to more unsuspecting children and youths in their desperate search for solace and support.

33. I declare that what is contained herein is true to the best of my knowledge, information and belief.

Declared at Kampala this …………. Day of ………………… 2009

By the said

__________________________
DECLARANT
BEFORE ME:

______________________________________
COMMISSIONER FOR OATHS / MAGISTRATE

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