Tuesday, February 2, 2010

First American Prayer Hour to be Held This Week

There has been growing media attention around the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 that has been proposed in Uganda. The legislation, if approved, would make an already dangerous climate for LGBT people – and their allies – in the African nation turn deadly. Under the bill, life imprisonment would be the minimum punishment for being LGBT, with the most extreme penalty being death. There are also requirements for straight individuals to inform authorities of any LGBT people that they know, lest they too receive punishments for withholding information.

One of the U.S. organizations that has been implicated in creating the momentum in Uganda to support such legislation is The Family, a highly political faith-based group. The organization, however, is most widely known for being the force behind the creation of the National Prayer Breakfast.

The response to the situation in Uganda in the LGBT community has been strong, and it is about to get even stronger this week as The American Prayer Hour – an event dedicated to providing a faith space independent of the one hosted by The Family, and committed to being a multi-city affirmation of inclusive values and a celebration of diversity.

The American Prayer Hour will be anchored by events in several cities across the U.S. Find out if you’re near one of the cities and learn more about how you can participate by visiting the website for the event today.

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