A prominent Ugandan LGBT activist has renounced her former lesbian lifestyle and is now saying that homosexuality is a sin.
Val Kalende, who left Uganda and was granted asylum in Canada in 2015 after her country passed the Anti-Homosexuality Act, recently declared on Uganda’s Salt TV’s “Sunday Service Live” that she is no longer a lesbian and going to be married soon.
Kalande formerly served as as reporter for the Ugandan newspaper Daily Monitor before she left the job to focus on LGBT activism in 2007. She became actively involved in a group called the Sexual Minorities of Uganda and took trips to the U.S. to visit with various LGBT groups during the presidency of Barack Obama. She also spoke at international conferences.
But now, she says, she has been “saved.”
“[It happened about] one year ago, It’s just that I’ve taken very cautious steps. By the time I went public about it yesterday (Sunday), I was ready,” Kalende told her former employer. “I wanted to take time to do the important work on myself before making a public confession.”
In her televised confession, Kalende explained that she comes from a Christian family in Kyebando and “joined lesbianism” after her study at Makerere University.
“I’m born of Christian parents. All of them cut their ties with me for being gay. I became an orphan,” Kalande said, according to The Daily Monitor.
Kalende said that she was lured by Satan.
“I became rebellious. We always wondered why the world forced us to become girls who do not love men,” she was quoted as saying. “We were even arrested from a conference and arrested. We were detained at Central Police Station and even taken to court.”
“Right now, I have no peace of mind. I sometimes break down and cry wondering why am like this,” she added. “I’m now back home and have been saved.”
Kalende also posted about her transformation on her Facebook page earlier this month, asking the question “what went wrong?”
“How is it possible that this girl — raised in church, taught the way of God — could swing too far from the way she was brought up? I wrestled with this question for many years. I didn’t have answers. My rebellion had separated me from God,” she wrote. “Often times I read my Bible — particularly scripture on homosexuality and marriage — but my heart was hardened. Instead I asked God questions like: If your design is for me not to have sexual relations outside of marriage and for marriage to be between a man and a woman, why then do I have same-sex attractions?”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith