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LGBTQ+ Commission of Michigan Statement on Representative Tim Walberg, R-Michigan's Remarks Supporting Uganda’s new Anti-Homosexuality Act
January 08, 2024
LANSING, Mich. -- The LGBTQ+ Commission of Michigan issued the following statement in response to Representative Tim Walberg’s remarks supporting Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, that includes the death penalty.
“It has come to our attention that Representative Tim Walberg, R-Michigan, recently delivered remarks at Uganda's National Prayer Breakfast, urging support for the country's new Anti-Homosexuality Act, which includes the death penalty. We, the Michigan LGBTQ+ Commission, strongly condemn such statements and actions that promote discrimination, violence, and persecution based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Representative Walberg's endorsement of legislation that targets the LGBTQ+ community is not only deeply troubling but goes against the principles of equality, human rights, and dignity that we hold dear. The Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda imposes severe penalties, including execution, for "aggravated homosexuality" and has led to increased discrimination, persecution, and violence against LGBTQ+ individuals in the country.
As advocates for inclusivity, diversity, and equal rights, we stand united against any form of hate, discrimination, and violence directed at the LGBTQ+ community. Our mission is to promote understanding, acceptance, and support for LGBTQ+ individuals in Michigan and beyond.
Chair Raúl Hernández-Guzmán states, “We want to make it clear that Michigan is committed to ensuring equal, and non-discriminatory treatment for all members of the LGBTQ+ community. We will persist in our efforts to create a community that values diversity, promotes inclusion, and rejects any form of discrimination or violence. We reaffirm our commitment to fostering a safe and inclusive environment for all residents, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity."
We express our solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community in Uganda and around the world who face persecution and discrimination. The Michigan LGBTQ+ Commission remains committed to working tirelessly to ensure that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, can live free from fear, prejudice, and violence.
If you have any concerns or wish to engage in dialogue on these issues, please feel free to reach out to us. Together, we can continue to make strides toward a more inclusive and accepting Michigan for all.”