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GOD LOVES UGANDA film screening and @GlobalRights panel disscussion

God Loves Uganda (2013)
Film screening followed by panel discussion

Date: Tuesday, April 8, 5:45pm
Location: O'Melveny & Myers LLP; 1625 I St NW; Washington, DC
Cocktails will be served from 5:45-6:30 p.m.
Special thanks to Covington & Burling LLP for underwriting the event.

About the documentary

God Loves Uganda is a powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values imported from America’s Christian Right. The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting “sexual immorality” and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow Biblical law.

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18th, 2013 and has screened at more than 50 American and international film festivals, winning numerous awards. The film serves as a catalyst for change, through our upcoming international screening tour and social action campaign.

Variety magazine said that the film “succeeds to a startling degree, rightly decrying the use of the gospel to incite homophobia, and allowing the most fervent interviewees to damn themselves with their own proselytizing words. It’s strong, head-shaking stuff.”

About the Panelists

Carlos Quesada is the advisor on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) rights at Global Rights, an international human rights organization based in Washington. Mr. Quesada oversees Global Rights’ LGBT-rights projects that empower local LGBT-rights organizations in places such as Cameroon, Sierra Leone and Brazil.

Wade McMullen is the Staff Attorney for Partners for Human Rights at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Mr. McMullen supported the work of RFK Human Rights Award laureate Frank Mugisha in creating social and political demand for the rights of LGBTI Ugandans through targeted advocacy before the US government, the United Nations, and faith leaders.

Pastor Joseph Tolton is the National Minister of Global Justice for The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. As a public advocate, Pastor Tolton is Deputy Director of The Global Justice Institute, providing strategic planning consulting services for LGBT advocacy groups in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, the Ivory Coast and Liberia.

Opening remarks will be made by Walter Dellinger, a member of the Appellate Practice at O’Melveny & Myers, professor emeritus at Duke University Law School, and former assistant attorney general and head of the Office of Legal Counsel under President Bill Clinton.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Susan Farnsworth, Executive Director of Global Rights.

The event is being co-sponsored by The ABA Center for Human Rights, Global Rights, and the LGBT Bar.

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