David Kato is just the most recent, and one of the most tragic, flashpoints in the vitriolic debate around gay rights and the “Kill the Gays” bill in Uganda. In the months since this anti-gay movement started hitting the international headlines, there has been a conspicuous absence of calls within the country to step back and have open debate around the issue.
It is a relief to finally see an editorial in a Ugandan paper calling for a sane, compassionate conversation about gay rights that would bring people together rather than further divide them.
I hope all Ugandans read this article and think deeply about it:
I am not sure if it is possible to have a rational conversation about such an emotional issue, but the first step will be prominent Ugandans having the courage to stand up and say that human rights are a Ugandan cultural value.
Mark D. Jordahl – Kampala