Activist Neal Gottlieb has planted a rainbow flag on the summit of Uganda’s highest mountain, to protest at the East African country's recent passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act. The act calls for life imprisonment for many LGBT people while criminalizing the so-called promotion of homosexuality.
Gottlieb, the founder and owner of San Rafael-based Three Twins Ice Cream, made the challenging climb, 16,753 foot (5109 metre), up Mount Stanley, at the country’s Western border, to Margherita Peak. He later shared a copy of the letter he sent to Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni.
Gottlieb wrote, "Your country’s highest point is no longer its soil, its snow or a summit marker, but rather a gay pride flag waving brilliantly, shining down from above as a sign of protest and hope on behalf of the many thousands of Ugandans that you seek to repress and the many more that understand the hideous nature of your repressive legislation."
He went on to challenge the 69-year-old president to climb the peak himself and remove the flag.
"If you don’t like said flag on your highest peak, I urge you to climb up and take it down," writes Gottlieb. "However, you are an old man and surely the 6-day climb through the steep muddy bogs and up the mountain’s glaciers is well beyond your physical ability. Your days are more limited than most. Do you want your remaining days to be yet another blight on the history of your nation or will you find the strength to reverse your actions and allow all Ugandans to be free?"
Lustralboy says: "Don't watch this space for an end to the blight that is Ugandan repression. But the Gottlieb protest gets top marks for effort and conviction."
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