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14 february 2010 - Kampala, Uganda - More than 100 gay and lesbian Ugandans and their supporters packed a hotel conference room in Kampala on Valentine's Day to talk about the anti-gay legislation that threatens all of them. Many of the speakers were pastors, including an Anglican bishop from Uganda and two Unitarian ministers from the United States. Everyone who came was offered a red T-shirt with a rainbow heart on the front. David Bahati's Anti-Homosexuality Bill was tabled in Ugandan Parliament on October 2009, and is currently before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament.The bill proposes that a new offence be created in Uganda named "aggravated homosexuality" which would be punishable as a capital offence. The proposals included plans to introduce the death penalty for homosexuals who practiced gay sex with people under 18, with disabled people, when the accused party is HIV-positive, or for those previously convicted of homosexuality-related offences. Homosexual acts are already illegal in Uganda and punishable by up to 14 years in prison. Photo credit: Benedicte Desrus