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Canada (Quietly) Commits $200K to Gay Ugandans

7 Mar

Hm, maybe Baird is getting better at ignoring the wails of hellfire from the Conservative backbenchers.

Canada is quietly financing a concerted grassroots effort to aid gay Ugandans’ fight against their country’s proposed anti-homosexuality bill — and preparing them in case it passes, says a senior Department of Foreign Affairs source. Since November, when the Ugandan Parliament renewed its effort to pass the legislation, which Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has called “abhorrent,” Canada has spent $200,000 to kick-start several gay rights initiatives in the region. The source confirmed that the Canadian involvement was specifically focused on fighting the Ugandan bill. – National Post

As the Post article goes on to point out, this involvement is not being advertised by the government. Guess saving gays from death isn’t as palatable to the Conservative voter as grammar. It is great news that our country is committed to those facing injustice elsewhere, but a stark reminder of what our government really thinks of us gender and sexual minorities.

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