The Rev. Mark Kiyimba fled Uganda in March, fearing for his safety after becoming an outspoken opponent of the proposed anti-homosexuality legislation in that East African country. Kiyimba's upcoming appearances in Overland Park this weekend are significant because of Kansas City-based evangelist Lou Engle, who exported his homophobic agenda to Uganda last year, endorsing lawmakers' efforts to lengthen jail
terms and expand the death penalty for gay "crimes."
Kiyimba is now in America, attempting to alert this country to the persecution of gay and lesbian Ugandans (and even the murder of Ugandan gay rights activists such as David Kato). He'll speak three times this weekend, starting Saturday afternoon (May 28) at the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church in Overland Park.
Kiyimba founded the Unitarian Universalist Church of Uganda as well as
the New Life School for the children who have lost parents to HIV and AIDS.
If that alone didn't guarantee him good karma, he started an orphanage
for two dozen children living with HIV.
On Saturday, Kiyimba will speak at 4 p.m. and show the documentary Homosexuality: The
Last African Taboo at the Overland Park church (7725 West 87th Street). Admission is free, but the church will be taking up a collection to
support the school and orphanage.
On Sunday (May 29), Kiyimba will speak at church's 9:30 and 11 a.m.
services. The morning offering will also go to Kiyimba's school and
I'm sure Engle and his ilk won't be listening.