Gay Rights Rally is November 9

In Springfield, there will be a rally for LGBTI rights November 9 at 9 a.m. LGBTI means lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex. The rally will be outside the federal courthouse at 300 State Street.

At 11 a.m., a trial will start inside the courthouse. An LGBTI advocacy organization in the east African nation of Uganda is suing Scott Lively, a Springfield-based anti-gay extremist. “Lively has actively participated in the conspiracy to strip away the fundamental rights of LGBTI people in Uganda,” rally organizer Cathy Kristofferson told the Valley Post.

More information about the rally is at:

www.facebook.com/events/1766517480292129

Thirty people had RSVP'd at that web page as of November 8.

The U.S. and other rich nations have a long history of stealing resources from Africa. This story is told in the books “Bury the Chains” by Adam Hochschild and "Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power" by Steve Coll, and in the film "Lumumba" by Raoul Peck. The average life expectancy in Uganda is 59. In the U.S., it’s 79. In the African nation of Chad it is 50. The book "Guns, Germs, and Steel" by Jared Diamond explains why the average black person is much poorer than the average white person.

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