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U.S. commission to hold hearing on anti-gay Uganda bill

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A congressional commission next week will hear testimony on the harshly anti-gay bill pending in the Uganda parliament, DC Agenda has learned.

The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission has scheduled a hearing on the Uganda legislation for Jan. 21 at 2 pm. Lawmakers will hear testimony in Room 2255 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Chairing the hearing will be Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), the only out lesbian in Congress and member of the commission’s executive committee.

It was unclear at the time of this posting who would serve as witnesses at the hearing.

Homosexual acts are already illegal in Uganda, but the pending legislation would, among other things, institute the death penalty for repeat offenders of the homosexual acts ban and those who have homosexual sex while HIV positive.

The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission is charged with promoting public awareness and developing strategies for Congress on human rights issues.

UPDATE: In a statement Friday, the commission announced the scheduled witnesses. For the first panel, the commission has invited a representative from the U.S. State Department. For the second panel, the scheduled witnesses are Julius Kaggwa of Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law, Uganda; Cary Alan Johnson, executive director of the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission; Kapya Kaoma, a project director for Political Research Associates; and Christine Lubinski, executive director of the HIV Medicine Association.

UPDATE: In a statement Monday, the commission announced it had changed the room for the hearing to Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The announcement also said Karl Wycoff, deputy assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of African Affairs, is scheduled to testify.

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National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Certifies Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc

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Washington, D.C. — Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc, the parent company of the Washington Blade and Azer Creative, announced today it has been certified by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) as an LGBT Business Enterprise. The NGLCC supports and advocates for diversity and inclusion for LGBT-owned businesses. With this certification the Blade’s parent company joins more than 510 business and 134 corporate partners of the NGLCC.

Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc. owns and operates the Washington Blade, the oldest and most acclaimed LGBT newspaper in the country. In 2012, the company launched Azer Creative, a full-service design firm. The company employs more than a dozen full-time LGBT staff.

“We are excited to become one of the 500 LGBT businesses across the country certified by NGLCC,” said Lynne Brown, the Blade’s publisher and a co-owner of the company. “The LGBT community has been part of our company from the beginning and we look forward to continue that for many years to come.”

The Washington Blade was founded in 1969 and is known as the “newspaper of record” for the LGBT community both locally and nationally. Visit washingtonblade.com for more information. Azer Creative is a full-service graphic design firm based in Washington, D.C. Visit azercreative.com for more information. 

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Dozens of categories cover all the best for LGBT Washington. Who deserves the prize this year?

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