The Weekly LGBTQ News: Issue #3
A court in Uganda has started hearing a case of two Ugandans accused of engaging in gay sex. Gay businessman, Kim Mukia, and transgender woman, Jackson Mukasa, pleaded not guilty in early February when they were accused of “living as husband and wife.”
Prosecutors have several witnesses to testify that the pair was involved in sexual acts that go “against the order of nature.” Since an anti-gay bill was introduced in February that further criminalized homosexual sexual acts, President Yoweri Museveni wanted Western groups deterred from promoting homosexuality in the African country. A few countries have withheld or cut aid to Uganda over its new law, urging legislators to repeal the recent bill.
San Paulo in Brazil recently held one of the world’s largest gay pride parades where hundreds of thousands gathered. “As long as there is prejudice, we are going to be in the streets,” actor Valder Bastos said, quickly stating they, “are fighting against different types of prejudice: racism, homophobia.” Activists in the country say a law that would ban discrimination against the LGBTQ community is needed and would reduce violence towards the community; similarly, passing a gender identity law like one in Argentina would be necessary as well. In 2013, President Dilma Rousseff began to set up centers that would promote and defend LGBTQ rights in its country.
Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo) recently proposed The Social Security and Marriage Equality Act to amend federal code to ensure recognition of lawfully married same-sex couples, even those who live in states that do not recognize same-sex marriage. Currently, the Social Security Administration has only processed benefits for married couples that reside in states that recognize same-sex marriage. Meanwhile the Pentagon has extended benefits to same-sex military families and the Treasury Department has allowed married same-sex couples equal federal tax recognition.