Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill has been re-introduced. Citibank
and Barclays wield significant influence in the country, but have so far
been silent. Tell the two banks to speak up now and help stop the
terrifying bill from becoming law.
Citibank and Barclays could save the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Uganda.
legislature could vote any day on a so-called “Kill the Gays” bill that
could result in legalizing the death penalty for any LGBT person in the
country. But Citibank and Barclays together have hundreds of millions of
dollars invested in Uganda and wield significant influence in the
country, just as banking lobbyists wield influence with Congress in the
US. If Citibank and Barclays speak out against the "Kill the Gays" bill, Ugandan legislators will take notice in a hurry.
Barclays are both big supporters of LGBT rights for their own employees,
yet they invest money with a government that is threatening to execute
LGBT people. "I expect Citibank and Barclays to live up to the values
of equality and fairness, not just list them on their websites," Collin
If Citibank and
Barclays speak out against the "Kill the Gays" bill, Ugandan legislators
will see that they are risking the business relationships that keep
their government afloat.