With Uganda's anti-LGBTQ+ law about to take effect, Pres. Yoweri Museveni has called an 11th-hour meeting with members of his ruling party to discuss the bill, TYT has learned.
The bill was sent to Museveni's desk by the parliament last month, giving him 30 days to veto it or send it back for revisions. If it becomes law it will mean prison time for even supporting LGBTQ+ people or just identifying as LGBTQ+. "Serial offenders" and others face possible execution.
As TYT previously reported, the American organization behind the National Prayer Breakfast continues to support the Ugandan political network that's pushing this bill. Known as The Family, the group condemned the bill when it was first introduced in 2009 but its leaders have remained silent this time.
Ugandan Member of Parliament Fox Odoi-Oywelowo has publicly identified Uganda's spinoff of the National Prayer Breakfast as the motivating force behind the bill. And TYT reported that The Family's longtime Ugandan point man, Tim Kreutter, was at last year's Ugandan prayer breakfast when Museveni urged attendees to resist western pressure for LGBTQ+ acceptance.
The U.S. prayer breakfast split in two this year after congressional Democrats balked at The Family's secrecy around its guests and funding. (TYT previously revealed that until this year, anti-LGBTQ+ evangelical activist Franklin Graham was the breakfast's sole backer and that the breakfasts were key components in the building of right-wing networks opposed to reproductive and LGBTQ+ rights.)
In February, The Family and more than a thousand guests from around the world gathered at The Hilton in Washington, DC. Pres. Joe Biden and some members of Congress simultaneously met on Capitol Hill for a new event bearing the old one's name: The National Prayer Breakfast. (As TYT reported, every board member of the nonprofit running the new National Prayer Breakfast has ties to The Family.)
Biden greeted The Family's guests remotely, giving The Family's new "NPB Gathering" at the Hilton his presidential imprimatur and continuing to bolster The Family's efforts to build its global networks with the promise of access to American power.
This week, TYT discovered an online posting that appears to show Kreutter was at the Hilton event, one of the worshipers welcomed by Biden, remotely, at The Family's NPB Gathering.