A couple of weeks ago, we reported
that students at Southridge High School were trying to organize a large demonstration in Beaverton to call attention to horrific anti-gay legislation in Uganda.
Students at the Beaverton school continued to work on the issue through their holiday break, and say they've gained support for the march from the Beaverton School District and other gay-straight alliances from neighboring high schools. (They also say they've taken a call from CNN inquiring about their efforts.)
For those who haven't heard, Uganda's proposed bill —which has an Oregon connection
with the involvement of the Oregon Citizens Alliance's Scott Lively — would execute gay people in that African nation who are HIV positive. The proposed legislation also would dole out life sentences to active homosexuals and imprison anyone who knows a gay person and doesn't inform the government within 24 hours.
Southridge's student organizers are still lining up starting points where the march will begin as well as an end point for the Jan. 23 rally. But one of those starting spots will be at Southridge
at noon on Jan. 23 . Students are also still working to get guest speakers, but have gotten a commitment from State Rep. Tobias Read
(D-Beaverton) to speak about the topic. They also hope to have a promotional video ready by early next week.