For Immediate Release
National Faith Leaders to Hold April 27 Vigil in D.C. in Support of Effort to Stop the Export of Homophobia by U.S. Evangelists
WASHINGTON - The Bishops and Elders Council of the National Gay and Lesbian Task
Force, which is convening this week in Washington, D.C., will hold a
noontime vigil, Tuesday, April 27, to support Ugandan lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Uganda is considering the
proposed "Anti-Homosexuality Bill," which would make homosexuality
punishable by life imprisonment or even death. Leaders from across the
world have expressed outrage at this measure. There has been criticism
of some U.S. evangelicals, such as anti-LGBT and anti-abortion extremist
Lou Engle of The Call Ministries, who are accused of exporting
homophobia to Uganda. Engle is slated to go to Uganda on May 2 for The
Call Uganda, a mass evangelical stadium rally.
What: Vigil of clergy in robes and stoles will speak out in
support of LGBT people in Uganda and challenge the export of homophobia
by U.S. evangelicals.
When: Tuesday, April 27, noon
Where: National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle, NW,
Who: Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, Faith Work Director, National Gay
and Lesbian Task Force; Bishop Yvette Flunder, Presiding Bishop,The
Fellowship; Rev. Nancy L. Wilson, Moderator, Metropolitan Community
Churches; Rev. Roland Stringfellow, Baptist Minister & Director of
Welcoming Churches CLGS; and Harry Knox, Director of Religion &
Faith Program, Human Rights Campaign.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, building the organizational capacity of our movement and generating groundbreaking research through our Policy Institute.