DEMANDS: Banks petitioned to oppose Uganda's 'kill the gays' bill
A PETITION to get major banks to speak out against Uganda's proposed "Kill the Gays" bill, has been started following news that it may be passed within the next two weeks.
The speaker of the Ugandan parliament has allegedly dubbed shocking legislation, which would legalize the death penalty for LGBT people and sufferers of HIV or AIDS, as a "Christmas gift" for Ugandans.
Uganda experts have said that one way to stop this bill is to get pressure from banks that have significant resources invested in the African country, such as Citibank and Barclays, whom together have hundreds of millions of dollars invested in their economy.
Collin Burton is a Citibank customer, who is also gay, started a petition of Change.org asking the banks to speak out against the disturbing bill.
"I expect Citibank and Barclays to live up to the values of equality and fairness, not just list them on their websites," Collin says.
The news comes after a 100,000 people signed a petition for soft drink giants Pepsi to speak out in a bid to stop the legislation from being passed.
Click here to sign Collin’s petition.