The Daily Agenda for Saturday, August 20

Jim Burroway

August 20th, 2011

On the Road To Equality: Omaha and Lincoln, NE. It seems that everyone and their sister is organizing a bus tour this year, and the Human Rights Campaign certainly doesn’t want to be left out on the hot new trend. HRC’s bus tour, dubbed “On the Road To Equality,” will make two stops this weekend. The first stop is at the ConAgra Campus in downtown Omaha, and the second is at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Check the HRC web site for more details.

Bishop Christopher Senyonjo (Retired)

Ugandan Bishop To Speak At Sunday Forum: San Diego. Retired Anglican bishop Rt. Rev. Christopher Senyonjo will begin the American leg of his Compass to Compassion tour tomorrow with a talk at San Diego’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral. Bishop Senyonjo has been an outspoken defender of LGBT rights and dignity in Uganda, a position that he has taken at great personal cost and risk. His picture was published alongside the late David Kato’s photo under the headline tagged with “hang them” during last year’s outing campaign by the Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone (no relation to the U.S. magazine by the same name). In 2001, Bishop Senyonjo received numerous death threats because of his advocacy, requiring him to remain in exile in the United States for about six months. Tomorrow, he will be speaking at the Cathedral’s Sunday Forum with a talk titled, “Global Equality – How Do We Get There?” The forum is at 9:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s, 2728 Sixth Avenue in San Diego, adjacent to Balboa Park. You can read my 2010 interview with Bishop Senyonjo in three parts: how he became an ally and advocate, the price he’s paid for his advocacy, and the impact of the notorious March 2009 American ex-gay conference in Kampala on the LGBT community.

AIDS Walk This Weekend: Reno, NV.

Pride Celebrations This Weekend: Allentown, PA; Brooklyn (Bedford Stuyvesant), NY; Copenhagen, Denmark; Derby, UK; Doncaster, UK; Edgewater, MD; Galway, Ireland; Lafayette, IN; London, UK (Black Pride); Madison, WI; Mocton, NB; Reno, NV and San Jose, CA.

Also This Weekend: Ascension Beach Party, Fire Island, NY; FilmOut San Diego, CA and Munich Streetfest, Germany.

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