HISTORIC HARLEM CHURCH TO HOLD SERVICE FOR UGANDAN GAY ADVOCATE
As gay and transgender Ugandans and same-gender-loving faith leaders in the United States mourn the death of gay leader David Kato, the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City is opening its doors to host a memorial service for Mr. Kato. The Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III one of the leading African American ministers in the United States will preside over the service in a congregation known as the “cradle of the Black Church.” Info: http://gaybygod.net/david-kato/
WHO: The Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, pastor Abyssinian Baptist Church
Pastor Joseph W. Tolton, pastor of Rehoboth Christ Consciousness
Pastor Michael Walrond Jr., pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church
Bishop Yvette Flunder, presiding bishop of The Fellowship
Frank Mugisha, president of Sexual Minorities Uganda
Charles Radcliffe, Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
WHAT: Memorial Service and call for solidarity in remembrance of slain Ugandan gay rights advocate, David Kato.
WHEN: Monday February 7, 2011. 7pm
WHERE: Abyssinian Baptist Church 132 Odell Clark Place, NY, NY (W 138th St)
For Directions: http://www.abyssinian.org/contact/contact/
WHY: On Wednesday January 26, 2011 David Kato, a Ugandan gay rights advocate, was beaten to death in his home. His death comes just months after his name, picture and home address were published by the Ugandan newspaper, Rolling Stone, where Kato and 99 others were pictured in . Uganda came under scrutiny last year as its parliament proposed the death penalty for gay people. Many believe American Evangelicals who visited Uganda in 2009 helped create the bill and fomented a climate of fear leading to violence.
The memorial, will remember Kato's work, celebrate his life, and mourn his death while challenging lawmakers, foreign and domestic governments and citizens of this world to respond with action against anti-gay movements stoked by religion.