VISIT Steve and Jose!
Visit the Other Sheep web site of the Executive
Director, Steve Parelli (at right in photo), and his
partner Jose Ortiz.
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Visits made to this web page since August 2007
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"I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them in also." John 10:16
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Julian Pepe, Co-chairperson
Victor Juliet Mukasa,
former chairperson of
|Photo at right:
Victor Juliet Mukasa (left)
Julian Pepe (right)
Julian Pepe, Co-chairperson
Larry Misedah, left,
board member of Other
Sheep East Africa
Jose Ortiz, right,
Coordinator for Africa,
Julian Pepe Larry Misedah Jose Ortiz
Uganda Kenya USA
SMUG Ishtar/ OSEA Other Sheep
Above photo, left to right:
Jose Ortiz, Julian Pepe, Victor Juliet Mukasa,
Photo at left:
Jose Ortiz, Coordinator for Africa, Other Sheep;
Victor Juliet Mukasa, former chairperson, SMUG
Victor Juliet Mukasa is a member of the staff of the International
Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) Africa
regional office in Johannesburg. She was appointed to her new
post in October of 2007. Victor is a co-founder of SMUG.
Three activits . . . one family
These photos were taken on Monday, August 20, 2007. For the occasion of our being at SMUG, see report below
from our weekly reports . . . . (for addtional reports on our Kenya-Uganda 2007 trip, CLICK HERE)
Monday, August 20, 2007 – Steve presents to SMUG members a two-track strategy for
addressing media if asked their response regarding the Pentecostal public
demonstration against homosexuals
- Steve copied over the news release article from his lap top to the café Internet computer
at the Red Chile Hideaway compound and emailed it to David Kato.
- Steve and Jose went into town around 3PM (two on the back of a motorcycle) to reserve
and purchase bus tickets for this Thursday back to Nairobi.
- While in town, David Kato, Secretary of Integrity Uganda, phoned Steve and Jose from the
offices of SMUG asking us to come immediately to the offices of SMUG (Sexual Minorities
of Uganda) and to advise them on how they might be able to answer the media with
regards to questions on Christianity and homosexuality. (So, on the back of a motorcycle
we headed across town . . . )
- We spoke with five eager-to-know (all taking notes) SMUG members on how to respond to
the Pentecostal community which was presently staging public protests against
- Steve talked about a "two-track" strategy: (1) fundamental human rights for LGBTs on the
basis of the Christian teaching of liberty of conscience (since addressing the Pentecostals
and the church at large); and (2) the Bible does not address homosexuality as an
orientation, it only speaks of same-sex acts. Steve expounded each track separately,
encouraging and answering their questions.
- Jose spoke on the topic of psychology and homosexuality.
- After this briefing, Victor Juliet Mukasa arrived. She was coming from the press.
This was Steve's second meeting with Victor (first at Geneva, Switzerland, 2006);
this was Jose's first meeting with Victor.
- Steve and Jose left the SMUG offices with Larry and David and after purchasing a
phone card, David and Steve made phone calls which resulted in locating three of
the twenty books The Children Are Free that Steve had sent five-six weeks earlier
to Kampala by way of a clergy person to be delivered to Victor Juliet Mukasa and to
David Kato. The books never arrived. The newly-located three books are to be
delivered to David Kato this Saturday, August 25. 17 books of The Children Are
Free remain unaccounted for.
- We enjoyed the evening at our cottage and compound with wine and food and a mid-