Bill Gates, through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has donated many millions of dollars to the fight against AIDS, particularly in third-world countries.
In a recent interview, Gates expounds upon the proposed law that the Ugandan government is considering:
“There’s a tendency to think in the U.S. just because a law says something that it’s a big deal. In Africa if you want to talk about how to save lives, it’s not just laws that count. There’s a stigma no matter what that law says, for sex workers, men having sex with men, that’s always been a problem for AIDS. It relates to groups that aren’t that visible. AIDS itself is subject to incredible stigma. Open involvement is a helpful thing. I wouldn’t overly focus on that. In terms of how many people are dying in Africa, it’s not about the law on the books; it’s about getting the message out and the new tools.” (emphasis mine)
It is already illegal to perform homosexual acts in Uganda, but the proposed law would dictate
- death for gays who HIV positive
- 3 years of prison for anyone who witnesses homosexual activity that doesn’t report it to law enforcement
- 7 years of prison for anyone who supports or promotes homosexuality
- life imprisonment for committing a homosexual act
Just what the hell should we focus on, Bill? That sounds like a pretty goddamned big deal to me.
P.S. Microsoft has a “big deal” going with the Ugandan government. Sounds like Bill doesn’t want to upset any apple carts. Or multi-million dollar deals.