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Nonprofit Accused of Supporting Africa’s Anti-LGBTQ Laws

Southern Poverty Law Center described the Slater’s organization as a “hate group.”

An investigation from CNN revealed a popular U.S.-based nonprofit is allegedly supporting anti-LGBTQ bills across Africa.

Activists are accusing Intel Corporation and its founders, Sharon and Greg Slater, of being “actively responsible for exporting, financing, and spreading hate, homophobia” on the African continent for decades, according to a Change.org petition. Through their nonprofit, Family Watch International, the Slaters has allegedly been promoting a slew of bills against homosexuality in Uganda, Kenya and Ghana. 

Southern Poverty Law Center described the Slater’s organization as a “hate group.”

The Kenyan nonprofit who is behind the petition, Jedidah Maina of the Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health, says its time for the group to be called out. “Family Watch International has sponsored trips for politicians and diplomats from Kenya, Uganda and other African countries to … train them on their extremist agenda against homosexuality, sexuality education and reproductive rights,” someone from SPLC said.

“Many of these politicians go on to sponsor or support legislation that seeks to persecute innocent Africans.”

Sharon called the allegations “absurd” and said she had nothing to do with laws pushed in Africa.

“I have documents I can show you later that I have not been involved in any of those laws, period, it’s just absurd,” she told CNN after a conference at the United Nations headquarters. A spokesperson from Intel says the company’s focus has always been a push for diversity.

“We also understand that our employees have diverse opinions and viewpoints. We respect the rights of our employees to disagree with Intel’s policies or undertake outside activities as long as they treat their fellow employees with respect and act in accordance with Intel’s code of conduct.”

Source: Black Enterprise

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