By Theresa “Darklady” Reed, PQ Monthly
Pity the modern bigot, forced by fear to hide the desire to set loose a bloody genocide upon an entire class of people. Such is the case that at least 40 members of Uganda’s Parliament are presenting to the world community as both become increasingly aware of the real world implications of the infamously pending “Kill the Gays” bill.
Now, if I were voting to throw innocent people in prison for the rest of their lives or to snuff out those lives on a prejudiced whim, I’d probably not want anyone to know, either. But I’m not proposing it, not voting to do it, and not a member of the Ugandan Parliament, so it doesn’t matter what I’d do; only what its members are going to do.
According to the late March Observer, what the Parliament wants to do is pass the likely unconstitutional bill because the darn thing is enormously popular with the Ugandan people, thanks in part to the efforts of sometimes bold/sometimes shadowy American social conservatives. Add that to a strong appeal to the survival of the usual vague “cherished cultural norms” that being gay apparently send into free fall by mere proximity.
Alas for the Ugandan Parliament and its impatient electorate, it’s 2013, which means those pesky international kids and their darned social media prowess are being all mean and stuff about the situation. With the word of the evil deed making the global rounds, those who hope to perpetrate it are bummed that they can’t just vote for genocide and move on to the next perversion of the rule of law unnoticed.
So they’re hoping to do it unseen. Behind closed doors, with secret ballots, with unrecorded arguments, without accountability. As if.
Parliament has to know that it will have hell to pay regardless of whether names can be attached to votes, yet determining the exact timing of the Closed Session vote is now more difficult than ever, because the traditional Order Papers listing pending legislation have not been published.
Theresa “Darklady” Reed is a writer, editor, activist, and pansexual party maven who specializes in politics, technology, and alternative sexuality, including the adult entertainment industry. Able to infuriate and enchant both the left and right wings, Darklady may not always know what she’s talking about, but she fakes it pretty well. Learn more at www.Darklady.com and Catalyst Art & Cultural Space at www.CatalystCuluralSpace.com.