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From Texas to Uganda, It's Important to Fight Anti-LGBTQ+ Laws, Activist Says

LGBTQ activist former Pennsylvania Rep Brian Sims
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Brian Sims emphasized the importance of continued global support and solidarity to combat such regressive legislation.

Prominent LGBTQ+ activist and former Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Sims says it’s important to fight homophobic legislation at home and abroad, whether it's in Texas or Uganda.

Sims discussed the future of LGBTQ+ advocacy and the strategies crucial for overcoming the ongoing challenges faced by the community. The interview took place at the Unleashed LGBTQ+ 2023 event in Texas this fall.

Sims spoke on global issues, saying "Uganda this year passed the worst anti-LGBTQ bill in global history."

Watch: Interview with Brian Sims

On March 21, Uganda's parliament passed a law that would criminalize identifying as LGBTQ. The law punishes "aggravated homosexuality" with death. Despite widespread opposition and warnings from international advocates and business communities a decade ago, President Yoweri Museveni still managed to pass the bill.

Sims emphasized the importance of continued global support and solidarity to combat such regressive legislation.
Sims also spoke on corporate support for equality, enhancing diversity in government, and the strength of the Texas LGBTQ+ community.

"I hate using the word 'grit' as a Philadelphian, but the type of grit that the average Texan brings to the LGBTQ equality fight is something I often think our opponents need to see in us the most," Sims said. "Texas is a bellwether state; it's a battleground, and it's always going to be."

Sims applauded the resilience and determination of the Texan community in fighting for their rights.

To aid the fight against this anti-LGBTQ legislation in Uganda, you can donate to Outright International.

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