2003_Head_Shot_bA congressional commission next week will hear testimony on the harshly anti-gay bill pending in the Uganda parliament, DC Agenda has learned.

The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission has scheduled a hearing on the Uganda legislation for Jan. 21 at 2 pm. Lawmakers will hear testimony in Room 2255 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Chairing the hearing will be Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), the only out lesbian in Congress and member of the commission’ executive committee.

In a statement Friday, the commission announced the scheduled witnesses. For the first panel, the commission has invited a representative from the U.S. State Department. For the second panel, the scheduled witnesses are Julius Kaggwa of Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law, Uganda; Cary Alan Johnson, executive director of the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission; Kapya Kaoma, a project director for Political Research Associates; and Christine Lubinski, executive director of the HIV Medicine Association.