Citibank and Barclays could save the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Uganda.
The Ugandan legislature could vote any day on a so-called “Kill the Gays” bill that could result in legalizing the death penalty for any LGBT person in the country. But Citibank and Barclays together have hundreds of millions of dollars invested in Uganda and wield significant influence in the country, just as banking lobbyists wield influence with Congress in the US. If Citibank and Barclays speak out against the “Kill the Gays” bill, Ugandan legislators will take notice in a hurry.
Collin Burton is a Citibank customer — he’s also gay. Collin started a petition on Change.org asking Citibank and Barclays to speak out against the “Kill the Gays” bill. Click here to sign Collin’s petition right now.
Citibank and Barclays are both big supporters of LGBT rights for their own employees, yet they invest money with a government that is threatening to execute LGBT people. “I expect Citibank and Barclays to live up to the values of equality and fairness, not just list them on their websites,” Collin says.
If Citibank and Barclays speak out against the “Kill the Gays” bill, Ugandan legislators will see that they are risking the business relationships that keep their government afloat.
Click here to sign Collin’s petition asking Citibank and Barclays to issue strong statements condemning Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill. The bill could come up for a vote any day, so swift action is essential.
- Gay Rights Petition: Citibank and Barclays: Condemn Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill (secularnewsdaily.com)
- Kill The Gays Bahati Says Uganda Will Not be Blackmailed by the West (oblogdeeoblogda.wordpress.com)
- Archbishop of York challenges Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill (kiwianglo.wordpress.com)
- Ugandan Government Distances Itself from ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill (towleroad.com)