Ugandan Mom Who Was Ashamed of Her Gay Son
I try hard with stories like this. It’s not just a story about a poor mom who found out she has a gay kid. It goes deeper than that, and the homophobia is a different brand of hate. I don’t feel sorry for parents of gay children any longer. I see no valid reason why there should be any shame or embarrassment associated with being gay. Being gay is not a crime and it’s not a sin, and just so you know it never was. I have reached a point in my life where I don’t care about your culture and how your culture deals with gay people. There are times in life when the only thing that matters are human rights and dignity. I’ve seen too much homophobia in my lifetime to care about your religion or your hooded beliefs.
With that said, this story is about a woman in Uganda who found out she has a gay child. And she went into a panic. Uganda is one of those despicable, backward countries where you can go to prison for life just for being gay.
Here’s more. On a positive note, there is help for this kind of homophobia in places like Uganda. There’s a group that was founded by a very brave openly gay woman, Clare Byarugaba, that helps families learn how to cope. This woman deserves a Nobel Peace Prize…or something significant. She’s making a real difference.
I just wish I could get every gay person alive out of these awful countries and into places where they will never be afraid or ashamed to be gay again.